P&G Survey Reveals Parenting 'Tougher' Due to Social Media
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What worries panel member Andrew Shue, father of three and a stepfather of two, is how social media will affect his children's behavior and curiosity.
"Kids are snarky kids because of the media around them," says Shue, co-founder of CafeMom and actor, adding that the level of respect for adults is not always there "because of the way [kids] feel powerful because of social media."
Though the P&G survey found that only 25 percent of parents have installed software to monitor their child online, 9 out of 10 parents agree that a child's online habits must be monitored.
Panelists Mary Lou Retton, Olympic gold medalist and mom of four, and Lucia Ballas-Traynor, co-founder and executive vice president of MamasLatinas.com and mom of two, keep an eye on their own children by following them on various social media channels, from Twitter to Facebook.
"My challenge is not monitoring because I'm comfortable with social media," says Ballas-Traynor, who uses social media in her day job and is up-to-date with all the new apps, adding that she recently downloaded Vine, an app that allows users to share 6-second videos. "It's how I speak to my kids about their 'personal brand' on social media and what's acceptable."
Mother of a 17-year-old, Ballas-Traynor explained to her daughter the importance of being cognizant of what shes posts on her Facebook page by using marketing and branding as prime examples, topics that interest her daughter.
"She's a teenager, she's going out to parties, she's in bikinis, a typical teenager," Ballas-Traynor says. "What I struggled with....[was that] she was only giving a very one-dimensional image impression are you giving girls who might be your roommates in college?' So I talked to her about her 'personal brand.' You're not talking about your AP classes, the book you just read. It's how you're using social media to tell the world about yourself."
To celebrate moms this May, P&G is honoring Maria Shriver and her mother, Eunice Shriver, with a video tribute, and will donate $1 to the Special Olympics, up to $50,000 total, for every SHARE the video receives on the P&G Thank you, Mom Facebook page.