Parenting challenges in the Internet age

April 2, 2015

She is a mother, a wife and a senior corporate manager in one of the leading banks in Australia. The last time she bothered to focus on 20th century’s fashionable sources of entertainment like radio, television, newspapers, television, and magazine is more than half a decade ago. I wasn’t surprised because most of fellow generation Y have ditched old school channels aforementioned in favor of the 21st century sensation called Internet. There’s common agreement that once you enter university or college addiction to Internet becomes the norm and that increases once more and more people get employed. The lady who happens to be first cousin of your blogger, insisted to me few days ago that life’s difficult when juggling between work and parenting. In her view, the days are gone when Australian mums in need of expert parenting advice would turn to their own mothers, grand mothers or other family member and even friends.Unlike when your blogger was suckling with advise of specialist’s advise, lousy mothers nowadays head straight to parenting websites while others download thousands of apps available on Google Play and Apple’s appstore. She shared with me when I sought her views that more than 80% of her friends use search engine like Google, Yahoo and Bing to mine data on parenting and diseases, while 19 per cent prefer Facebook. Parenting websites and very few of mums choose ‘old school’ support.The song My body by Volbeat reminds me of the days when school and real life was about facts and not the current situation where people including mothers prefer to search for advice and information however useless, half truthful from the Internet and the sustained desire to ignore the older generation’s advise that is rarely relevant in today’s world according to generation Y.

Those of us who have listened to Jordanian pop singer Ayah Marar song the Raver do not expect such a generation to consult their mothers despite the facts that they usually have first-hand knowledge and they strongly believe that there is a wealth of information in cyberspace enough for them.Listening to Icona Pop’s song I love it! There is a line that goes; You’re so damn hard to please, we gotta kill this switch, You’re from the 70’s, but I’m a 90’s bitch….. and that tells clearly that no matter what current young and inexperienced parents know, they just like their age mates cares nothing about “20th century advise.” Social networking sites and other Internet platforms has allowed mothers to share a great deal of interesting information but what concerns traditionalists is that the authenticity of such is questionable.It’s not just about posted advise on an android or iOS app. I find mobile apps and social media very helpful in that it provides information in real time but the reality is that its half truth.Your blogger believes that the Google plus, Twitter among others are and will continue to play a major role in how children are raised these days.Our 21st century mums prefer to chat with other mums on the Internet instead of face to face and they’d spend all their time on social media or browsing parenting tips, make friends on mum’s groups on Facebook and other networks but the reality is the few will ever meet their network friends in real life. New technology has made it easier for the 21st century mothers to surf the web on the go, chat with other mums through social networking sites, mine parenting advice and do their shopping. Whether we like it or not that trend is bound to grow bigger and better. Why would for example a mother in Helsinki bother with department store while she can find everything she wants online and at a cheaper price. Gone are the days when our mothers would take a tram or bus to go looking for diapers, now they can find all information they need and then shop online and have it delivered immediately. Few would need to listen to doddery.

Contador Harrison