There are three types of parenting. They all apply to online parenting as well as parenting in the offline world. Which style best describes you?
Diana Baumrind, a 1966 mother of three, identified three parenting styles that are widely accepted by experts.
Parents show love and affection with very few restrictions. Children are encouraged not to be repressed and to view their parents as role models but as a resource for them to use as they please.
Parents are supportive but also very demanding. They offer a balance between clear boundaries and rules that are well explained. There are plenty of opportunities for children to explore and grow.
Parents are focused on controlling their children’s behavior and believe they should do what is asked.
Which is the best?
Most people can switch between these styles depending on the situation. It shouldn’t surprise you to find that authoritative parenting is what experts recommend. Positive support, high expectations and lots of chances to experiment are all factors that contribute to raising confident, motivated children. Children learn to manage their behavior by setting clear and consistent boundaries and giving reasons for them.
Parents who are authoritative make demands that align with their children’s ability and willingness to accept responsibility for their actions. This makes them feel capable and self-reliant. This helps build self-esteem and cognitive development, as well as emotional maturity.
Online, it allows children to be responsible even when they’re not being watched.
Authoritative parenting is effective in all situations. It allows children to be responsible even when they aren’t being watched and helps them to recognize (and minimize) risk.
Teach your child how to be an online independent person, but also help them to understand the potential risks and what to do if they feel uncomfortable or upset online.