Parenting Today

Megan G, Audrey G, Carley C, Madeline S

Thesis

Throughout the generations, parenting has changed for the worse as strategies, discipline, and technology have been evolving in the twenty first century. The wealth of information and studies have adverse effects that may be causing more harm than good on adolescents.


Photo Citation:

Technology Overload: Parenting In The Digital Age. Digital image.Babypost.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.

Discipline

The ways in which parents discipline their children have drastically changed over the course of many generations and, as a result, have made parenting much worse. In the past, it was common to inflict fear in order to keep the kids under control. For example, spanking was a very common method in achieving this goal. It is now looked down upon to use this method and parents have resorted to talking it out with their misbehaving children. The main cause of this switch was the image of the cute child. Originally, children were seen as manipulative and cunning, but after the image of the cute and curious kid became popular, parents became obsessed with their children. This obsession led to over-spending and spoiling resulting in a lack of discipline and more bad behavior.

Technology

Technology has had a large influence on how parents raise their children. Starting with babies, parents now use informative devices that give any vital regarding the health of their child. The issue with this is that parents are too concerned with the "what ifs" in the development stages of children's lives. As they evolve into teenagers, parents use social media as a form of tracking. This is interfering with normal child life. Kids are too exposed to events that are happening, unlike the days without cell phones. The excess information can most importantly lead to depression that parents are unable to understand. In addition, the internet, in general, poses a threat to quality parenting. Parents are unable to find a balance between children's internet time and face-to-face interaction.


Photo Citation:

Children’s Immersion in Technology Is “Shocking”. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2015.

Strategies

Parenting strategies have drastically changed in the twenty first century. Parents in today's world have become more distracted by many things, one being technology. Parenting has also changed from being actively involved in their children's lives to now being shoving an iPad or an iPhone in their faces to keep them entertained. Parenting has also changed to allowing their children to have more freedom. For example allowing younger aged children to walk alone to a nearby park or school. Most parents would think that's okay, but there are still some parents who would never allow that for safety reasons. Again this brings in the argument of technology, parents will allow their kids to be on their own sooner because they have a cell phone to stay in touch. Cell phones won't fully protect children or ensure their safety. Parenting used to be more nurturing and more centered around keeping their children close to them, those strategies have almost been thrown out the door compared to the strategies used today.

Work Cited

Cross, Gary. "Picturing childhood: what images tell us about the modern history of parenting." The Hedgehog Review 15.3 (2013): 42+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 9 Nov. 2015.


Dvorak, Petula. "The thin blue line between protecting children, revving up the nanny state."

Washington Post 15 Jan. 2015. Student Resources in Context. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.


June, Laura. "The Internet of babies." Washington Post 28 June 2015. Student Resources in Context. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.


"Keeping Our Kids Safe In The World Of Technology Today." PR Newswire 10 Apr. 2014. Student Resources in Context. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.


Livingstone, Sonia, and Ellen J. Helsper. "Parental mediation of children's Internet use." Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media Dec. 2008: 581+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.


Marano, Hara Estroff. "Oh, brother! siblings are born to compete for parental attention, and the

strategies they use wind up encoded in personality. small wonder it can take a lifetime to work out sibling relationships." Psychology Today July-Aug. 2010: 54+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.


"Parents: Here's how to stop the worst of social media." CNN Wire 4 Oct. 2015. Student Resources in Context. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.


"Spanking tied to later aggression among kids." Reuters Health e-Line 22 Oct. 2013. Student Resources in Context. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.