Researchers at Brigham Young University just came out with a survey of almost 500 families that shows kids who interact with parents on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are more helpful, generous and kind.
Sarah Coyne, the lead author of the study, told The Daily Mail that about half of all teens connect with their parents on social media, and 16% do daily.
"You can do a lot on social networking sites," she says. "Your kid might post a picture, and you might show support by liking it or making a nice comment, or a status update that does the same kind of thing. It gives more opportunities to give positive feedback or show affection. Social networks give an intimate look at your teenager's life. It lets parents know what their kids are going through, what their friends think is cool or fun, and helps them feel more connected to their child. It gives a nice little window into what is going on."
That's one point of view... but to play devil's advocate, is it not possible that kids who are willing to interact with parents on social media tend to be more generous and patient to begin with? And that the sort of teens who don't want to interact with their parents might be the type who have things on their networking sites that they'd like their parents to not see?
Another interesting note from the survey: Kids who use social networking sites frequently tend to have more aggression and depression. Maybe that extra bond with your kids that just might result from social media isn't really worth it...