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Parents Beware: Too Much Info on Social Media Embarrasses Kids

Parents Beware: Too Much Info on Social Media Embarrasses Kids

Humorist Dave Barry once wrote, “To an adolescent, there is nothing more embarrassing than a parent.” And that was before social media.

Experts explain that the Internet is proof you’re never too old to embarrass your children with questionable social media posts and outrageous pictures as commonplace as Donald Trump stories on cable news.

But the surprising part is many of these pictures and posts aren’t coming from children but rather from their parents.

“We’re all kind of learning together,” says Carolyn Ievers-Landis, Ph.D., a child psychologist at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, “and it’s almost like children are learning faster than the adults in some regards.”

Ievers-Landis says parents need to monitor their children’s social media activity but they might also need to monitor themselves. Parents still might not fully understand the reach and permanence of social media, or so it seems.

“They’re not thinking about their children or the peers of their children seeing their posts,” she says.

Parents are not only posting embarrassing pictures of themselves but also posting embarrassing pictures of their children.

“It really is important to ask your child if you’re going to post something about them, that you’re going to post a picture, even just write something because they might not want that information shared,” Ievers-Landis said.

“As adults, it’s this whole new era of having to really monitor yourself even more so and think about what sort of role model are you being for your child.”

Source: : University Hospitals Case Medical Center/Newswise

Parents Beware: Too Much Info on Social Media Embarrasses Kids

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Parents Beware: Too Much Info on Social Media Embarrasses Kids. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from
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Last updated: 8 Aug 2018 (Originally: 4 Jan 2016)
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