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Social Media Helps Parents
By: Jessica Cherok
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If you're a parent, especially a stay-at-home one, you know how important social media can be to your sanity. Social networks can be vital to keeping in touch and finding support, a new Pew Research Center study says.

The study found that 75% of parents using social media used it to find parenting information and support. These users also gave support to those they are connected to online. Parents with children under the age of 18 are the most active on social media. While the interactions were largely related to parenting issues, they were not exclusive.

The study found:
  • 81% of parents who use social media try to respond to good news other share in their networks
  • 74% of parents who use social media get support from their friends there.
  • 71% of all parents on social media try to respond if they know the answer to a question posed by someone in their online network.
  • 58% of parents who use social media try to respond when a friend or acquaintance shares bad news online
While the parents enjoyed most of the interactions, many said that they were not comfortable when family or caregivers shared information online about their children. Some even felt compelled to go so far as to request that information about their children not be posted online at all.

More information about this study can be found here.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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