How Social Networking Has Altered the way you Parent


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Adah Chung is a fact checker, writer, researcher, and occupational therapist. Social media has changed how we communicate, get the news, and share our lives with others. In this new world where social media gives us our own soapbox with no boundaries, it’s also affected our parenting.

A new report has been launched with a focus on social media, its impact on kids and parenting, and how to reconnect with kids in the digital age. It focuses on the Social. However, while parenting doesn’t affect our love of social media, social media does change the way we parent. Being a parent thirty years ago compared to now is a very different experience. You’re.

Social media has changed how we communicate, get the news, and share our lives with others. In this new world where social media gives us our own soapbox wit. A finding by Kaspersky Lab’s research team says social media is affecting parentschildren relationship. 21 percent of parents admit that relationships with their children have been damaged as a.

Being a Psychiatrist in training, it’s very often that I find parents of kids as young as 3-years and as old as 20-years come with the same complaint: “She spends too much time on the phone/tab/computer due to which her academic performance is suf. 81% of parents who use social media try to respond to good news others share in their networks, including 45% of social-media-using parents who “strongly agree” that they do so. Some 53% of mothers say they “strongly agree,” compared with 33% of fathers who say that. Social media has also changed the way that we interact, mainly the way we have lost some of our social skills. Some people are completely incapable of carrying on a normal conversation or interacting with people in person because of the dependency of social media.

Social networks are becoming one of the dominant ways we communicate. It hasn’t just created new parenting dilemmas with respect to our children. It has also changed the way that we interact with each other as parents, how.

Redefining parent communication: Social media is both opening and altering the lines of communcation between teachers, parents, and students. While some teachers do a great job of using Facebook groups and fan pages to keep in touch with parents, schools are also offering cautious recommendations for parents regarding their children’s use of social media.

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According to the PEW Research Center (Duggan et al., 2015), in the US, social media networks help to connect parents with each other during good and bad times: “75% of parents who use social media turn to social media for parenting related information and social support” (n.p.).

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Still other parents expressed concern over the extent to which their kids were spending “too much time” talking with their friends over instant messaging, on social network sites, or on the mobile phone.

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The media consumed by the family members, both alone and together, impacts the discourse— creating spaces for conversation, changing communication dynamics, modeling communication patterns and values, and reflecting external societal values both similar and dissimilar to those held by the family.

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In many societies, digital communication through texting and social media has become a dominant method of interaction amongst children and teenagers, and is also common between children and teenagers and adults online.

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Parenting use of social media.

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  • I really just think you gotta be careful what you’re doing online. Don’t respond to drama (yes, I am talking to you, keemstar) and make sure you’re internet friends are good people and not bad people.

  • Hahahahaa true that but also dont let your child sees you drinking and sleeping with women /men….etc then lecture them about jesus then expect them to become doctors when they frow up.

  • People always bring up the argument that there is no discussion at the table because people are on their phones. I’m not denying that that doesn’t happen but my family is so dysfunctional that even without phones, the table is still silent.

  • Should I ask my parents to let me have social media? I’m 16 years old going to a public school and I can’t think of a single person in my grade who doesn’t have a form of social media. Often I feel left out of event planning and just socialising in general. What should I do? Should I just wait to turn 18 or for them to change their mind like I’ve been doing for years?

  • Not even adults can discern from real news from the fake ones.
    What hope do their kids have to get the right guidance from their parents.
    C’mon a nation of adults voted for Trump.

  • cut off your stupid hair!:D look soooo bad! your bunny teeth look also no good with beard, just short hair, clean face would look very good!

  • Passing on Values is still relevant in 2018.
    To give intrinsic locus of control over our own lives is the most important gift that can be taught.
    When there are so many pretentious distractions, agency is removed from our person and we are left unable to actualize to any satisfying degree. We feel shallow and in a negative feedback loop gorge on whatever is easy and in arm’s reach.

  • Not true, Catholicism is the problem and for it’s total lack of respect for the God the Father and Jesus Christ, as for the media the Vatican controls much of that.

  • I feel as a teen growing up with smart phones it was good experience to explore on my own but I can defiantly see how mistakes made at a young age can follow someone. It’s a balancing act between exposure and risk

  • What annoys me is that everyone complains and worries about “kids and their phones” but adults are glued to their phones too. How many adults mindlessly sit on facebook, or watch youtube videos, or play Candy Crush. Its not just children, its adults too.

  • Meh. Ten years ago it was the Internet that was rotting brains. Before that TV. Probably Radio or Movies before that. Social Media is here until the next thing. Don’t let it be the wall between you and your kids.

  • The problem is you never know when the objectivity of the solution would transform itself into a subjective problem as exposure increases. But still, the tips mentioned here are the Right steps in the Right direction.

  • Thats why i choose to ask my child to take a picture we live in such a technology world so i soon discovered it just such a relaxing experience we are all into our phones.

  • Your lack of history knowledge is showing, Brian. Google the following sumptuary law and you’ll see how 21st century-centric your idea about the ‘media’ is

  • a sentance that I like to remain.
    in the end of your life, would you like to say to yourself that you have live to please yourself or have you spend your life to splease others.

  • To young people like me: you don’t need to wait until life tames you with responsibilities when you get older, to know that being of loyal service to consumerism is futile; you don’t need to try alcohol to know it is bad in excess. You need to find a friend Jesus in prayer and silence.

  • As an older person who doesn’t buy what media is pushing I and nobody I know wears leisure suits. For us it’s jeans flip flops and crocs! So your future isn’t as bleak as you may think! ��

  • Oh this all makes sense to me now! Our modern advertisers are convincing us that we need something just like the Gospel writers were trying to convince their audience of the truthfulness of what they were promoting. Both have their own agendas. Morality isn’t doing away with people telling half truths. Morality is being patient and wise enough not to settle for these half truths. Use your minds friends. Don’t believe something is 100% true unless you’ve done all your homework.

  • Wait. The beginning of the video gives me the impression that I at my age of 17 ought to have kept superficiality as a high value but I didn’t and wouldn’t either

  • As a graphic designer and fellow marketing professional, I say yes, 100%. I would like to suggest how important it is that – in order to make the determination you’ve invited at the end of the video – we need to have a faith filter for whatever we “let in.” Christian people tend to think, “I love Jesus and his Church. I listen to good teaching and the reading of the word of the Lord. So, if I think X is bad and Y is good, I’m right, right?” But the enemy of our souls has always been more subtle than that, working around our spiritual and mental defenses with some ease. We need to do better at stopping a thing and considering it in light of God’s truth before we let it in. Indeed, very important topic.

  • I found this video because it has a similar name to my channel. Although I make videos that focus on the positive aspects of media, there is also a big problem with how it is prioritizing what you speak about. Social media in particular is a source of peer pressure and the struggle to fit in. However, in an effort to remain optimistic about the future I suggest we also look at the positives of movies and books and such.

  • Our money can be used for so much good. As a Muslim I 100% agree with you, our society would rather spend there money and useless things instead of giving charity.

  • I heard this concept many years ago regarding TV. i.e. the primary purpose of television was not to entertain, but to sell product. That’s probably about the same time I stopped watching TV.

  • Okay, I thought this was gonna be actually a look at the morality portrayed in media, but it was just a david telling me to follow the faith of the looord

  • This is 100% true. I was going to show my daughter the movie Hocus-pocus but remembered that it constantly makes fun of a 16 year old boy that was a virgin. Virginity is seen in our society as a problem or something that is shameful when it should be the other way around.

  • @Brian Holdsworth: There is something else that bears noticing. The normalization of an “extended teenhood” well into nearly middle age or even beyond it. People who never start families, and often remain students for the entirety of their 20s, never have the experience of sacrificial love (although they still channel their desire for parenthood on pets), and therefore remain easy targets.

  • While much of this is true, the “lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” have been waging war against us for far longer than the past 60 years. Certainly modern marketing is attacking with some novel techniques, but we are also becoming inured to it. Take, for example, the 2018 USA presidential elections, which opposed the ideology and explicit preference of all the major advertisers and tech companies, including Google itself. The danger, as I see it, is not the advertisers, but the growing incredulity. When Christ returns, will He find faith on the earth?

  • One small but telling thing cultural phenomenon is how minivans aren’t cool and people therefore don’t buy them. Like, it’s unfavorable to have a family and settled down life.

  • I am seventy one and I feel so free now. When I was young I was a slave to my appearance and fashion. It is a relief to be comfortable in my own skin. Your video is absolutely right.

  • I never listen or watch any advertising, never listen to pop music and never go to the movies; actually I hardly ever watch the television; nobody will ever tell me what to think!!!

  • What’s going on here IS NOT difficult to understand. Modern-day Christian churches are filled with permissive, non-judgmental, sin-accepting, congregations that (generally) do not care about SIN…..they only care about “putting butts in seats”. They have adopted this liberal-progressive mindset of “I’m okay you’re okay” evangelism….. that promises everyone can keep on sinning, as long as you “accept Jesus”. This movement toward liberalism has watered-down the faith and left a generation of young Christians spiritually fat, lazy, and ill-equipped to face sin and conquer it.

    But the truth is……..SIN DOES NOT WORK LIKE THAT!!!! Sin is a cancer. And if left unguarded, it WILL fester and grow no matter how good and noble your intentions!! If someone has cancer, the last thing you want to do is ignore it….or pretend it’s not real because you don’t want to offend them. Being PC will not help them!! Same thing with SIN.

    The problem is, these cookie-cutter, “please don’t offend anybody” Christian churches that ABSOLUTELY refuse to preach about the dangers of modern SIN. Spend a Sunday in one of these “entertainment based” Christian mega-churches……you will notice that not one sermon will ever mention any social SIN, such as: Abortion, fornication, birth control pills, homosexual behavior, trans-genderism, pre-marital sex, divorce, adultery…….etc.

    Today, Christian Leaders stay as far away from these topics as possible….usually for fear of upsetting liberals in their congregations. Because of this, a generation of young Christians go out into the world thinking that fornication, pornography, homosexuality, sodomy, and having multiple sex partners is not only okay….but actually desirable behavior?!?! Sin (as a cancer) is allowed to spread to every corner of the young person’s life. Soon, the idea of Christian Morality seems puritanical and controlling. The conscience falls asleep, vices are developed, and faith is slowly chipped away at until the only choice is secular atheism. Sad.

    Vanity oh Vanity…..all is Vanity

    Woe unto those who seek to do evil

    Woe unto those who call evil good, and good evil

    Woe unto those who are wise in their own eyes

  • Lousy parents raise lousy kids!!!!
    And today, 90% of kids are from broken homes!!
    They have ZERO discipline and ZERO respect for others!!!!di
    Their paranoid soccer mommies do EVERYTHING for them and furnish them smart phones so they can be braunwashed by all the perversion and lies on the web!!

  • Just so you know, 85% of all money that is spent, is spent by females. They are the consumers, whereas men are the savers and producers. With this in mind, it is easy to see why marketers focus on females.

    The reason marketing firms and advertising agencies focus 90% of their energies on people under 55 is because the older demographic, though far wealthier, have turned into hoarders, and penny-pinchers, with retirement looming overhead.

    Young people tend to be consumers and do not typically think about retirement. They worry themselves with what they wear, because many of them are in the job market, and are hoping to attract a mate, or at least score on the dance floor. Although the younger demographic does not have as much money as the older demographics, they spend what they have with reckless abandon. That said, marketing firms, and advertising agencies, focus on the young, because the youth will float their boats for years to come.

  • Homosexuality ties very nicely into the consumerist culture as well because it’s just another for of giving into temptations thus weakening your ability to say no in other aspects of the Big Sell.

  • Yep… What’s funny is that I’ve held this opinion for years now; but try and bring this up at a bar or coffee shop and people will look at you as though you were wearing an aluminum foil hat. That is, at least until you lose their attention as they go back to watching youtube videos or their twitter feeds…

  • The opposite can cause problems as well though. It can be detrimental to reject trying to “be cool” as well.

    As an example, I have been socially challenged basically since I learned to talk. As a kid, I didn’t realize it, but it became clearer to me, as I got older, that I was somehow different-even lesser-than my peers in some crucial way. (I was confirmed to have ADHD-though not medicated. But I believe it also is likely that I have something like a mild form of Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Aspergers, though I’ve never been tested).

    Because of this, I did not really understand how to behave properly with other kids and was eventually the recipient of intense, non-stop bullying. There were several years in elementary school where I had no friends at all. Only my parents and older adults brought me any comfort or showed me kindness, and I found myself rejecting my peers more and more-especially the girls my age who were my primary bullies. (I am deeply thankful this all occured during an era before widespread internet usage as well. I don’t even want to know how bad it would have been if not.)

    I began to associate “girly” behavior with evil, because the ones who had been so vicious and cruel to me were usually especially girly girls. I began to reject femininity in general, seeing as something that was only for the kinds of terrible girls I didn’t want to be like. When I finally started making friends again, they were generally other girls who were more masculine and strange with poorer social skills like myself. I began to associate that behavior with “good people”. I started to see anything that was “cool” as bad and anything “uncool” as virtuous. I refused to wear make up, dresses, or high heeled shoes. I refused to “obsess over boys” as I viewed it, and just generally ignore them entirely. And I refused to attend big social functions, like prom or homecoming, etc.

    I was constantly accused of being a lesbian, even though I am not, based on how I dressed and behaved. This only reinforced my hatred for the feminine, as it was seen as the the only “valid” way a heterosexual girl can be. That was offensive to me because it basically implied that the cruel vicious girls who constantly tormented me were supposedly more valid as women than me.

    It wasn’t until MANY years later, as I gradually and painstakingly developed better social skills (still not very good social skills, mind you, but far improved) that I began to start questioning my hatred for the feminine and actually embrace my feminine side and find more feminine friends and role models to look up to, and just generally let go of my built up resentment and hurt from all those years of mistreatment.

    But because of all that time I spent determined to be as “uncool” as possible deprived me of many opportunities and delayed my maturity as a person as well. I am significantly behind most people my age in terms of my development because of it.

    I’m not saying kids need to obsess over what’s “cool”. But it is important for kids to feel that drive to grow and improve themselves which is typically fueled by the need to feel “cool.” The trick is to orient that drive on positive things rather than negative ones, and to ensure a good moderation of such desires so that it doesn’t go overboard.

  • 70 years ago our morality was under attack 70 years ago israel became a nation… It started 70 years ago and its closer than ever before. Stay strong run the race of faith for our Lords return is at ✋.

  • Media target youth because youth is more vulnerable, more easily influenced. Older folks, those past the age of “keeping up with the Joneses'”, are not a good return on investment. Still, human beings are herd creatures. The Bible compares human beings to sheeps, following the herd wherever it goes, and in great need of a good shepherd. It takes a great deal of maturity, self-confidence and very little care of others’ judgement to stick to your guns and say something is blue when you see it blue while the rest of the heard says it is red. Being rejected by the herd puts one at risk in terms of survival. That is why it is a reflex to try and fit in, be “cool” and respected. The media are very much aware of that and use it for profit.

  • My morals remain unchanged because I have this miraculous thing called a conscience. Which is why I only watch enough of the news to renew my armor of contempt for it’s wickedness.

  • Hey Brian, aren’t you in the media career field? Have you ever felt guilty of having to be able to try to convince someone through advertising and media? Or like, have you ever thought of changing careers because of the way media is today?