Once upon a time, we lived in a world where faraway relatives didn’t get a glimpse of a new baby in the family until they received a birth announcement in the mail. It was a world where parents consulted books for their child-rearing conundrums and carried pictures of their kids in their wallet. Those friends from high school? Nobody heard from anybody until the 10-year reunion.

Today, we enjoy various forms of social media and can do all these things just as quickly as we can open an app on our smartphone. Kids no longer hear, “My, how you’ve grown!” from every relative they encounter, because those relatives are watching them grow up, live, on social media: through Instagram pictures, YouTube videos and Facebook status updates from their parents.

There’s no denying that the past 10 years have completely altered how we interact with technology and with each other. And from the moment the first sonogram was posted on Facebook, social media also began changing how we raise our children.

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