Has social media changed the way parents raise children? originally appeared on Quora – the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world..
Answer by Koyel Bandyopadhyay, Sociologist:
Do parents stop being parents on social media? Do they take on other agendas? Do they step onto slippery slope?
Questions like these often lie at heart of the debate regarding parents on social media because of the fact that parents today lie on cross-roads of boundary lines of pre-social media and post-social media days; how they engage in parenting is evaluated not only on the benchmark of traditionalist perspectives on parenting, but also on more moral and ethical compasses on whether they are doing it “right.” Amidst the whirlwind of debates in which parents assertively hold their ground, and people from the other camp (non-parents and parents with contrasting worldviews) wonder what is “going wrong,” reality remains that children are getting raised not far from this debate, where something as private as relationships are brought forth in the public forefront.
It was only last night that I saw a female friend of mine on Facebook ranting about other people ranting about race problems and posting kid pictures, based on which she wondered aloud: “What are they looking for? Praise?”
I thought that wouldn’t end well, but it didn’t go to an extreme–the fire was doused well.
Whenever we hear “social media and parents,” the instant pop-up in our minds are pictures of children, information about what they drew last weekend, re-shared memories of how they have grown up from last Christmas, funny things they said, how they wash the car with you on Sunday (and did you see that picture, and why didn’t you “like” it?)–in a nutshell, social media brings parenthood centre-stage, and puts the spotlight on children giggling on our carbon footprints.
But there is more to it than the giggly. There’s good and there’s grey.
A Digital Village to Raise a Child: