Tampa parents turn to social media for advice, support

Julie Borm, founder parenting blog "Everyday Happiness" & 14-month-old son Shephard.

TAMPA, FLA (WFLA) – From helping you find a great new lunch spot to pinpointing exactly what you should pack on vacation, social media can really help us make the best of our everyday lives. Now, a rising number of parents are turning to social media sites for advice.

A new Pew Research study claims more than 40 percent of parents on social media today seek out advice on parenting through various sites. Tampa mother Danielle Brewster is one of them.

She finds comfort knowing support is just a click away. “It happens at 10:30 and two in the morning and us moms are still up,” said Brewster.

 But reader beware, claims Julie Borm, founder of the parenting blog “Everyday Happiness.” “A lot of people online have really strong opinions. Either really positive or really negative and sometimes they are even endorsed for those opinions, being paid by brands or other websites,” said Borm.

This mother of 14-month-old Shepard tells 8 On Your Side balance is key when looking to social media and to always trust one’s own intuition before the internet. “Every child is different, every child is unique and what worked for one mom might not work for another,” said Borm.

Seeking support on social media is not just limited to parents. More than 20 percent of Facebook users claim the reason they use the site is because of the support they receive from their network of friends.

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