Are you a social media parent?
Parenting tips and advice are pretty easy to access these days, whether they’re coming from friends or the so-called experts. Social media, through a tablet or iPhone, has revolutionised how we talk about our children and interact with other parents.
Every day, parents share countless photos, videos, and anecdotes on the new skills their children are learning with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. New research conducted for the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health has looked into the extent of this and the impact it is having on our lives.
Researchers discovered that more than half of mums and a third of dads use social media to talk about parenting and child health. There are many reasons why we do so, but 75 per cent of respondents said it helps them to feel less isolated. One of the main drivers for parents posting on and looking at these sites was to find advice (70 per cent). Parenting can be a stressful job, especially if your child is ill or isn’t developing as you would expect. The research showed that social media was used by 62 per cent of people to stop them worrying.
There is a wide range of topics that parents discuss on these sites, with sleep being the most popular (28 per cent). Other popular topics include eating and nutritional health (26 per cent), discipline (19 per cent), childcare or nursery topics (17 per cent) and behavioural issues (13 per cent).
Social media is beneficial because it unites parents. It enables them to share their special moments and also support one another when necessary.