Social Media Influence On Parenting

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Introduction
Today’s society is heavily influenced by technology, we see technology around us every minute of every day, free Wi-Fi in shopping centres, at old phone booths and even in some restaurants as well as children owning a mobile at a young age to toddlers having iPads and Internet access. With a society so consumed with technology, it leads us to wonder how much influence does it have on parenting? There are so many social media websites and blogs that parents can and do go to, to talk to others in similar situations, to vent and to get information on what do when ‘their child is sick’ or just general parenting tips, so from this it leads to the question of, how do Social media and parenting websites construct the concept of parenting?
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Porter and Ispa (2012) report in their article that most women turn to the Internet to check if their child or parenting style is ‘normal’ and to vent their negative experiences. Though Niela-Vilen, Axelin, Salantera ̈ and Melender (2014) found that parents used online blogs and social media to express a more positive outlook on parenting. This then shows the contrast of why some parents use the Internet to reassure them on their parenting style.

Niela-Vilen, et al. (2014) explore the notion that mothers are mainly the one to use the Internet or social media for parenting advice. With only a few fathers seen to be active and using these Internet sites for support or advice. Though the article states there is less father activity on these websites, some fathers do turn to blogs or social media to gain affirmation on fatherhood. This be a shift in the typical stereotype of fathers being the masculine parent who deals less with
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Though mostly women/mothers are the typical members of these groups there is a slow rise in the appearance of males in these groups as well as creating their own blog sites and social media groups. Modern day parents turn to blog communities and social media to learn more, check their ‘progress’ and vent their feelings on parenting and their child. They also seek information and tips on raising a child and the best way to do it through reading and communicating on these Internet groups, these are allowing parents to give more understanding and have a wide range of influences to their style of

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