There’s no denying raising kids has changed these days.
Long gone are the days of parenting that we enjoyed, the days without social media and technology making things even more complicated.
In a world dominated by social media, body image is becoming an increasing problem facing the parents of young children – and it’s an issue that TV personality Carrie Bickmore has opened up about.
Last night on The Project, Bickmore spoke about explaining social media and body image to her two-year-old daughter Evie.
“When I look at social media or Instagram with an adult brain, sometimes I find it hard to work out what is real and what’s not,” she said.
It’s an issue many of us certainly do have.
How many of us have been sucked into believing something on social media is real?
Bickmore said she reminds herself that everyone was “just showing the best version of themselves on (social media)”, but admitted that she was concerned if she was struggling to work out what is real and fake as an adult, kids would find it even harder.
“If I had seen all of that as a kid (I don’t know what) my view of the world (would be) and how that would shape my view of the world, and how I see the world,” she said.
“I don’t know what I’m going to say to Evie, or explain all that to Evie when that’s her currency.”
While many of us are glad we didn’t have to face this problem when we were raising children, it’s definitely an issue our children are facing as parents.
And as grandparents we should be concerned too.
If you missed The Project, guest co-host Gretel Killeen jokingly offered a solution to Bickmore’s problem that you probably would agree with too.
“Don’t give her a mobile,” the 53-year-old said.
“I mean, she’s two.”
So, what do you think? How would you explain social media and body image if you were Carrie? What advice would you give her as a parent?