Parent’s social media addiction, Guest Post by Alexia Rogers, Austin, TX
Parent’s social media addiction – is there really such a thing? With the outrageous reach of social media, many parents are often found posting pictures and videos of their young ones on Instagram and Facebook. While most of it could be an innocent act of pride because let’s be honest every parent gets over-excited when their young ones achieve the tiniest milestones, the lack of understanding as to where to draw the like might make this simple act of pride heinous. The internet is not alien to child stars whose innocence and cuteness shot them into fame. But is it right for the parents to force their kids into the spotlight at such a young age?
It’s no secret that most parents think about recording their kids doing the cute baby like things which are worthy enough to get their babies on the “10 funny babies ” list. Everyone loves money and the fact that they can earn a lot of it just by existing is intriguing too. This is what drives these YouTube parent’s passion to make that money out of their children by hook or by crook. In the past few years, several YouTube parents have been arrested for exploiting their children. Recently a mother was arrested in the US for abusing her children during the process of making “viral content ” for her channel, Fantastic adventures. Apparently the mother was forcing her children to say she inappropriate words for the sake of views. During 2017, the family which ran a channel called DaddyOFive on YouTube was investigated over videos which showed the parents screaming at the kids who cried hysterically. The most horrific story of all is of a woman who ran Fantastic adventures. The police visited her and found from her children that they were locked in cupboards if they didn’t cooperate with the shoot. What’s sad is that there are millions of people who watch such things on YouTube.
Live in the moment
The biggest question that arises in the minds of normal outgoing parents is how much is too much? The answer is simple, don’t let yourself be so engrossed with sharing every move of your baby on social media that you forget to be there in the moment and cherish it completely. After all your baby is not going to remain innocent forever. Soon your kid will grow and become independent, dropping at your house only during holidays. Cherish every second of parenthood as it doesn’t last for long in the eyes of your kids. Your pride is understandable but your kids are not money-making machines they are mini you, look up to you and you will look up to them when old age arrives . You must be building them into becoming incredible individuals not feeding them with orchestrated attitude just because you are trying to make some quick cash.