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Study Finds Parents' Social Media Use Associated with Parenting Style

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A happy family exploring the Internet together.

A 2017 survey conducted by Today’s Parent demonstrates the positive effects that Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks can have on the lives of mothers and fathers.

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Researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Indiana University Bloomington surveyed 493 parents who use social media frequently and have children under 10, and found a link between the parents’ social media use and their parenting styles.

They found parents who share photos of their children regularly have more permissive, confident parenting styles.

The researchers indicated that some parents may underestimate the risks of sharing children's photos online and engaging children with social media at early ages because they do not differentiate strongly between parental sharing and general photo sharing on social media.

UCF's Jean Amon said, "There are broader questions about children's privacy in social media, where a central question remains as to how much autonomy and control children, including children of different ages, should have over their photos and information online."

From University of Central Florida
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