There’s one born every minute. Instagram accounts for babies, that is.
With more and more proud young mums and dads are setting up social media accounts for their offspring, Family Zone cyber experts take you through the pros and cons - and then offer some practical advice.
As young parents, you probably cut your teeth on MySpace. And you’ve grown up along with Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. So is it any wonder that it just feels natural to share pics and posts about the most photogenic bundle of joy the world has ever seen - i.e., your new baby?
There's plenty to love about sharing baby love on Instagram. But you need to be aware of the potential risks, too - and take action to minimse them.
What’s great about the ‘gram
What’s not so great about the ‘gram
Advice from The Modern Parent
Mum of five Martine Oglethorpe, Family Zone cyber expert and director of the Melbourne-based consultancy The Modern Parent, understands the pull of Instagram better than most.
But she urges parents to think about the time and energy they may be spending getting the perfect shot (not to mention editing, filtering and adding special effects …) - as opposed to simply staying in the moment, in real time.
“We don’t want to be spending all our time getting the right shot, and that in turn means we are placing a lot of emphasis on looks and image as a focus of self worth.”
And then there’s the time and attention you’re giving to the platform, possibly at the expense of your child. (What babies really need is time to gaze into mum and dad’s eyes - not into the lens of a camera.)
“Sharing a few snaps is of course ok, but we need to be careful that we are still allowing kids to be kids and having plenty of time to play, and be messy and muddy without worrying too much about how photogenic they are”
Martine also recommends:
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