Research reveals that parents are hypocritical when it comes to their children's social media use

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6th July 2016 15:57 - Information Technology

Research reveals that parents are hypocritical when it comes to their child’s social media use: Experts say that parents are not practicing what they preach when it comes to what they tell their own children about Facebook, Instagram and Twitter use. According to Manchester researchers parents follow the rule ‘do as I say, not what I do’ in relation to social media.Research reveals that parents are hypocritical when it comes to their children's social media use

Research found by Dr Judith Ramsay, from Manchester Metropolitan University came to a conclusion that two thirds of parents say that social media is bad for their children to use, yet they are constantly using it themselves, even in front of their children.

The research findings came from the responses of a sample of parents who had children aged from five and above, whereby the researchers observed the amount of time they spent on their phones, watching the TV, using social networking sites and listening to music. The survey then also asked about how much their child used technology and if it had an impact on their relationships.

The results from the sample showed that the parents spent a lot of their time watching the television, using their mobile phone, going on social media and gaming. It also showed that the children follow in the same footsteps as the results were very similar.

Studies suggest that there is quite a close relationship between how much parents carried out activities like gaming, watching the television, going on their phones, using social media, and how much time their child spent doing the exact same activities.

This evidence suggests that children are going to continue to social media daily, as they think if their parents can do it then so can they. We live in a generation where children copy what adults do, because if they are sensible and they can do it then why can’t the kids?

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