The Newest Online Addiction: Sharenting

Related imageMore than half of mothers and about one-third of fathers are guilty of "sharenting": sharing information about their children on social media. And in many cases they are sharing way too much, posting too many photos, cute stories and, well, everything from potty training to preschool struggles, according to a poll conducted by the University of Michigan. Sharenting is here to stay. Nearly 70 percent of parents said they use social media to get advice from other more experienced parents and 62 percent said it helped them worry less. How far is too far when it comes to crossing the boundaries between public and private life? On the upside, parents who are active on social media say it makes them feel less alone. But on the downside, children who are not even old enough to use Facebook or Instagram may already have a digital identity created for them, courtesy of their oversharing parents.

What parenting advice is most commonly shared on social media?

  • Getting kids to sleep: 28 percent
  • Nutrition and eating tips: 26 percent
  • Discipline: 19 percent
  • Daycare/preschool: 17 percent
  • Behavior problems: 13 percent