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Be careful asking for parenting advice on Facebook

Be careful asking for parenting advice on Facebook
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Every parent knows that friends and family are lifesavers, especially when you need parenting advice. In the digital age, that means posting a status on Facebook to ask all of your online friends for ideas. But, that might not be such a good idea.

While asking your online acquaintances might sound harmless, it could actually cause a range of issues. For instance, if you rely on social media too much, you might stop trusting your own instincts as a parent. And, that's not all.

Another issue, said educational psychologist, consultant and parenting coach Lori Day, is when parents rely on social media, when they should instead be talking to professionals such as a teacher, pediatrician or child psychologist.

Posting too much information about your kids' problems or issues online could also cause privacy issues or embarrass your children in the future. Some issues are just better to deal with privately with your family.

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