Are You Putting Too Much Online?

Parents, what are you teaching your kids through the ways that you use your smartphones and social media? Researchers at the University of Central Florida have discovered some interesting trends. For example, parents who love posting lots of pictures of their children on social media have more of a friend-like parenting style. They tend to be more permissive as parents, including allowing their children to interact with smartphones and social media at younger ages. These parents also frequently post pictures of their kids which are accessible for anyone to see. Experts say that this raises many privacy and safety concerns. Rarely do these parents ask their child for permission to post these photos. Researchers also note that permissive parenting has been linked to problematic internet usage among children. Parents, you are your child’s parent and not your child’s friend. Be wise, be careful, and use social media to the glory of God alone. Your example is an investment in your child’s future.