Parents: Beware the Internet

No, I am not talking about protecting your kids from predators or from pictures of naked people or reading excerpts of Harry Potter or whatever other evils the Internet can expose kids to…

I am referring to YOUR (mental) well being and the ability, if you will, of the Internet to provide an onslaught of information. And lately, it seems, the news stories have been focused on making me even more paranoid about my parenting skills and my daughter.

For example, just browsing one news site, I come across stories on the sorry state of daycare in the U.S., how schools do a better job than parents at control weight gain in their kids, and how many parents are afraid to use their epi-pen (we have one for our daughter’s peanut allergy) on their own kids.

Dig a little deeper around the internet, and you can read about a study on toxicity of plastic baby bottles (Daddytypes has a good roundup here),  and how we are raising narcissistic kids.

I’m paranoid and worry too much as it is. So what is with all these stories lately?

On an almost-totally-unrelated note, I found this story about how kids develop prejudices and what parents can do to head it off to be interesting. At least this story doesn’t completely blame parents.


One Response to Parents: Beware the Internet

  1. BookGirl says:

    The internet is indeed a scary place.

    As the arrival of our son neared, the internet became a nightmare for me. Everything — and I mean EVERYTHING — we bring into our home is a potential toxic hazard for our kid. I’m pretty sure, based on everything I read on-line, that there is nothing I can do to prevent my son from getting 20 different types of cancer, developing a few different neurological disorders, growing breasts, and having behavioral problems. Heck, I’m surprised he emerged from my womb with only one head.

    So yeah, for a while I drove myself crazy, literally keeping myself awake at night over the deadly, formaldehyde-laced changing table we’d just assembled in his room.

    Perspective is an important thing, and we just do what we can — eat organic foods as often as possible, avoid plastics as much as possible, avoid sitting him next to the tailpipe of an idling car…

    [Kaz: But.. we have a partial zero emission vehicle, and a super ultra low emission vehicle, so we’re okay sitting our daughter next to our tailpipe, right??]

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