Assistant Professor (Sociology)
Department of Sociology
Government Degree College
Chakrata, Dehradun, Uttarakhand (India)
The usage of SNS for parents has become ubiquitous, either for entertainment or as a mode of communication. SNS has shown to have adverse effects on parent-child relationship, causing parental distraction, decreasing parental engagement with child/children and making a child more likely to be at risk for emotional injury. The present study tries to find out the impact of use of SNS on parenting methods and on the parent-child relationship. Questions were asked to 60 parents (both male and female) on their parenting patterns, their perspective on the use of SNS and its impact on their relationship with their children through a questionnaire. Likert scale is used for data analysis and is presented through graphs, tables and charts. Both Qualitative and Quantitative analyses of the study showed that frequent involvement on screen increases a gap between parents and children. Excessive use of SNS is leading to distracted parenting.
Keywords: Impact, Parent-child Relationship, Parenting, Social Networking Sites.