Social Media Becoming a Useful Resource for Parenting Advice, Study Shows

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According to a recent survey, 80% of parents are turning to social media for parenting advice. The study conducted in Michigan highlights the increasing dependence on these platforms as valuable resources for parents with young children. Additionally, 50% of the participants found social media to be “very useful” in discovering new parenting strategies.

Social media convenient source for parenting advice

Sarah Clark, co-director of the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, says that many parents are turning to online communities for parenting advice. However, Clark advises parents to exercise caution as not all information found online may be accurate or suitable for their child. It is important to remember that every family’s experience is unique.

The study surveyed 614 parents with young children and found a significant rise in the number of parents using social media for parenting advice and sharing experiences, particularly among mothers and more than two-thirds of fathers in recent times. These findings highlight the growing trend of parents turning to social media platforms for information in their parenting journey.

Many parents actively discuss parenting topics on social media, covering areas like toilet training, sleep habits, and vaccinations. Research reveals 60% seek diverse perspectives, 25% value the platform’s convenience compared to their upbringing, and over one-third find it beneficial in alleviating feelings of isolation, especially when facing limited local support or discomfort in-person.

Parents concerned about oversharing on social media

There are growing concerns around digital engagement, as 80% of parents worry about oversharing on social media, including boasting about their children or posting excessively. A survey reveals 50% witnessed the spread of inaccurate information, and over 25% saw parents sharing inappropriate images of their kids. Clark advises caution, emphasizing the importance of thoughtful posting to avoid potential embarrassment for children.

Social media provides real-time parenting advice, but 40% of parents struggle to distinguish credible information from misinformation. While it’s a convenient resource, caution is needed to identify reliable sources for children’s health and parenting guidance. Parents are advised to consult reputable sources before implementing new strategies with their children.

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