What is sharenting and what Belarusian mothers think about it

What is sharenting and what Belarusian mothers think about it

Global “Internet schizophrenia” is apparent. The more people create accounts in social networks the more victims of Internet addiction appear. Statistics show that extreme selfies kill 1.5 times more people than sharks.

One of the new virtual trends is sharenting. It is a new term, coined by the Wall Street Journal, meaning the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their children.

Sharenting means to share one’s parenting. It seems not to be very popular in Belarus but some of Belarusian housewives do love it. It’s a good way to get a positive self-affirmation. They arrange professional photo shoots for their babies. Some of the new mothers post new photos every day.

Psychologists have concluded that sharenting and chasing likes is a form of parental selfishness, an obsession to prove their good parenting skills. Sharenting is a sign that a woman is unsure of herself.

Zhanna Aleshkovich, psychologist:
There’s nothing bad if a woman wants to show these photos to her friends. However, if she posts new photos of her baby consistently, every month, it means that she has a problem.

Sharenting has his own opposite, which is parental asceticism. Women want to save their children form possible whammies and don’t show them until baptizing. Such behaviour is popular in the FSU region.

However, as the CTV channel found out, the Christian church is tolerant to posting photos in social networks.

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We should admit that children today are already seriously addicted to the Internet. They know how to use tablets and smartphones, they can search the Net and watch cartoons on Youtube.

Nevertheless, an early joining the Net can harm a child’s upbringing and his or her moral values.

The Net provides not only educational materials but also a great amount of indecent data. Parents are to be vigilant and strict.

Zhanna Aleshkovich, psychologist:
I believe a child can create his or her social network profile after they are at least 13 or 14. By that time, their psychological personality is more or less stable.

Numerous facts prove that internet addiction is harmful.

For instance, a 30-year-old woman from the town of Baranovichi, Belarus, has been deprived of the parental rights this autumn because of her addiction to the Internet. This is the first time a parent has been deprived of her rights as a result of social network abuse.

That’s why when we immerse into modern technologies, we should always remember about safety arrangements and common sense.