When social media influences parenting

When social media influences parenting

By Kristelle Bechayda

Last week, mommy blogger Katie Bower, or @bowerpowerblog as she is known on her social media accounts, received backlash after posting on Instagram how one of his sons is not statistically doing good in her posts.

As of this writing, Bower’s said post has been archived due to the flood of comments it elicited but a reporter from Buzzfeed named Stephanie McNeal was able to take screenshots of it and posted them on Twitter. “Omg this Instagram mommy blogger is celebrating her sons bday by writing about how out of all her kids, he ‘statistically’ performs the worse on her Instagram. And she’s worried one day it will ruin his self esteem.” she writes.

There were people who judged Bower’s parenting, the comments ranging from her the one who is lacking self-esteem to craving for social media attention. She was even accused of using her kids to gain more online traction.



Others, however, criticized McNeal for not having solved anything by putting Bower in a negative light.

After archiving her Instagram post, Bower explained her side through an Instagram story a few days later. She said her post was meant to explain to her followers that social media isn’t everything, which was something she had to learn as she works with brands.

“I had to learn that the likes do not reflect much to me,” she says. “That I had to choose that, because I work with brands that tell you the opposite.”