Forbes: How Millennials Use Social Media To Become More Competent Parents . “Parents have always sought out advice from others. Some generations looked to their parents and grandparents. Others relied on books from experts like Benjamin Spock. Today, 71% of millennials value the advice and insights they receive from parenting blogs, parenting websites, forums, and social networks. In fact, they aren’t just looking to social media for occasional insights either.”
CBC News: B.C. government announces database for unlicensed daycare providers. “The B.C. government has introduced a bill that would give parents access to more information about who is caring for their kids. The proposed changes would make inspection reports and complaints about unlicensed daycare providers, accessible online for a minimum of five years. That information is already available for licensed spaces.” This was confusing for me initially because I equated “unlicensed” with “illegal,” but that is not the case in Canada. This discussion thread from WhatToExpect.com helped me fill in the blanks.
New York Times: When Is a Child Instagram-Ready?. “In his first weekend on Instagram, my 9-year-old posted 20 times in 24 hours. He put up a video of himself doing a front flip wearing only his boxer shorts, followed back every single user who followed him, and went ‘live’ in a friend’s basement without the parents knowing. It was exactly what I wanted: We had the beginnings of our first set of rules. I typed it up, and we both signed it.”
The Guardian: OED’s new words include ‘mansplaining’ but steer clear of ‘poomageddon’. “From ‘poonami’ to ‘shitastrophy’, the venerable editors of the Oxford English Dictionary found themselves deluged with words relating to the explosive contents of nappies when they turned to parenting forum Mumsnet to ask which words and phrases should be considered for inclusion in their latest update.”
Echo Journal: Minnesota Autism Resource website now available – Crowdsourcing allows contributed content. “The Minnesota Autism Resource website is now available for youth and adults with autism as well as parents, teachers, social service and health care professionals and others to get and share information about autism spectrum disorders and related conditions (ASD).”
The Atlantic: Raising a Social-Media Star. “When then-14-year-old Jonas Bridges ran down the stairs of his Atlanta home shouting, ‘Dad, I’ve got 1,000 fans!’ his father, Rob Bridges, hardly took notice. A few days later Jonas barreled into the living room again, saying, ‘Dad, I’ve got 3,000 fans now.’ Again, his father brushed him off. Several days later, Jonas told his father, ‘I have 5,000 fans now and if I get to 10,000 I’ll get paid for it.’ Finally, Rob Bridges turned to his wife and said, ‘Denise, what the hell is he talking about?'”
The Times: Children link self-worth to ‘likes’ on social media. “Eleven-year-old children are starting secondary school desperate for validation through social media ‘likes’ and comments, research has found. Children whose parents share pictures or videos of them online are often left embarrassed but feel unable to ask that they are removed. The practice, known as ‘sharenting’, has been found to make younger children self-conscious and worried that images posted by their parents would cause them to be laughed at by peers.”