The Newest Trend in Parenting…

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If you are reading this, there is a pretty good chance that you have a social media account. In fact, if you’re like me, you are probably an expert at multi-tasking between between various social media accounts. Today’s adult uses social media as a way to connect with family and friends all over the world in addition to staying informed about current events. In 2016, it is estimated that there will be more than 2.6 billion social media users worldwide! This translates into roughly 30% of the world population, up from 25% in 2013.

You may not be surprised about these statistics but you may be surprised to know that it is estimated that approximately 15% of those accounts are for children 2 and under! And although most social media networks have strict rules about minor profiles (for example, account holders on Facebook must be at least 13 years old), the growing trend in parenting is to have a social media account (or multiple accounts) for your child. No, I’m not talking about posting a ton of baby pics and milestones on your personal Facebook or Instagram page – but on a dedicated account with your child’s own name on it. Sounds crazy right? Well, maybe not…

According to a new survey conducted by Gerber.com, close to 40 percent of millennial moms (aged 18 to 34) created social media accounts for their baby before the child’s first birthday — and another 7 percent made one before their child’s second birthday.

Why would a parent take the time and energy to do that? Well, there are actually a few benefits that you may not have considered…

1) Maintain Your Personal Identity: As parents, our children often become the center of our lives. We keep a camera and video recorder close by at all times to capture all of the cute and quirky things our  kids do. Chronicling every minute of their lives may be a necessity for some parents, but that doesn’t mean that it is a necessity for everyone else. While you may love the 5,045 pictures you share of your adorable little girl your friends, co-workers, and other acquaintances may not appreciate them as much. They are looking to connect with you! Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to share pics and proud family moments on your page, but creating a dedicated page for your child will help you to maintain your own identity. After all, This is especially helpful if you also use your social media accounts for professional networking as well.

2) Memory Album: One of the primary reasons that parents create social media accounts for their children is to have an online chronological “memory album” for them. Social media is great at tracking all those fantastic special events in our lives. From first steps to the first day of school and beyond, parents can create a detailed log all about their child. Some parents actually do go so far as to create a printed memory album from their child’s Facebook timeline (or other account) using sites like http://www.mysocialbook.com. While others manage the account with the intention of turning it over to their child once they are mature enough to handle the responsibility.

3) Awareness/Fundraising: One of the most amazing and heartwarming uses of social media that I have seen is the use of social media by parents to raise awareness or fundraise for a particular cause. Such as in the case of a child battling cancer or a rare neurological disease. In addition to promoting a particular cause, they also use the page to share information with their followers, updating them on their personal progress, special events, or legislature and medical advances that support their cause.
Still, despite the benefits, there are some parents that are skeptical to say the least. Among some of their major concerns were the amount of time it takes to upkeep a social media account. This is an especially critical point since most parents feel that they don’t have time to meet basic needs much less update multiple social media accounts. In addition to the time commitment, some parents are not comfortable with the security and privacy issues that can be experienced online. In a world where technology has now become the choice tool of pedophiles, many parents are concerned about sharing too much information about their child with too many people. Fearing that they may be putting their child in unnecessary danger.
Regardless of whether you choose to chronicle your child’s life online, it is important that you remember to enjoy every moment. Especially the imperfect messy ones at 2am where you feel as if you will never sleep again (it gets better I swear)! Because when it comes down to it, children need love and attention to grow and flourish. In fact, that’s known as the oldest trend in parenting 😉
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. hivebee2015 says:

    Interesting trends. Totally Agree.

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