What type of Parenting style do you have?

One of the fascinating things about being a parent is that there is huge variation in how we raise our children.  There are many commonalities from one parent to another in light of these shared group of parenting styles. There is enough similarity that researchers have grouped parents into four common parenting styles. Though various researchers have given different names to them, the styles generally are said to be: Authoritarian, Authoritative, Permissive, and Uninvolved

Reflecting on where you fit on the spectrum of parenting styles can be helpful. Although it can be easier when both parents apply the same approach to parenting, research conducted does show that if at least one parent is authoritative. It can be more beneficial for the child than having two parents with the same, less effective style. Some scientists believe that biological, psychological and social and can affect a person’s behaviour. Furthermore, this is where the Nature V Nurture debate can also come in to play and whether a child’s influences are inherent or if they are influenced by their environment

 Additionally, there are a number of influences on who children grow up to be and although a factor we believe that it is not just based on than just parenting styles alone. Some of the many other factors impacting a child’s development include these elements they are:

  • Temperament of Child.
  • A teachers’ style of working with children and the match of teaching style to parenting style.
  • The child’s peer group.
An image of a mother and child looking through the internet together, we deliver information about the different parental styles.


Authoritarian parents are often thought of as disciplinarians they are strict and controlling and believe in a robust sense of justice and obedience and practices that focus on the imposition of rules seem to encourage Internet addiction.

  • They use a stringent discipline approach with barely any negotiation possible additionally punishment is common.
  • Communication is predominantly one way and from the parent to the child, rules usually are not explained but expected to be followed.
  • Parents with this style are often less nurturing.
  • Expectations are high with a little flexibility.

How does this effect social media use?

Authoritarian parenting involves strict control of children, which seems to positively affect Internet the chance of not developing addiction.


Authoritative parents are rational, encouraging and nurturing, and they also set high, clear expectations. Children with parents who demonstrate this style have a tendency to be self-disciplined and think for themselves. This approach is thought to be most beneficial to a child.

  • Disciplinary rules are clear and the reasons behind the rules are explained.
  • Communication is common and suitable to the child’s level of understanding.
  • Authoritative parents are thought to be nurturing.
  • Allow autonomy and encourage independence.
  • Expectations, objectives and goals are high but stated clearly and the child will usually have input into goals that are set.
  • Use positive discipline instead of punitive, forceful measures.

How does this affect social media use?

Kids raised by authoritative parents are less likely to engage in antisocial behaviour like delinquency, cyberbullying or addictive behaviours such as drug use.

Permissive /Indulgent

Permissive or indulgent parenting is characterised by letting children be free to make their own choices but demonstrating care and being attentive to the needs of the child. Permissive parenting is characterised by low control and relatively high levels of warmth. Permissive or Indulgent parents primarily let their child do what they want and try to avoid confrontation, they usually offer partial and limited guidance or direction. They are more like a friend to the child rather than a parent.

  • Permissive parents are not strict, and they have limited or no rules and usually let their figure problems out by themselves.
  • Communication is generally open, but these parents let the child decide for themselves rather than giving direction.
  • Parents in this category tend to be warm and nurturing.
  • Expectations are typically minimal or not set by the parent.

How does this affect social media use?

Not setting limits online can potentially allow the child to receive harm or additionally harm others and potentially allows the child to possibly become addicted to online platforms or digital devices.


Uninvolved parents give children lots of freedom and normally stay out of their way. Parents with an uninvolved parenting style neglect their role as parents and let their children be with little warmth or control.

No particular discipline style is applied, and an uninvolved parent lets a child mostly do what he/she wants usually out of a lack of information, knowledge or caring.

  • Communication is generally limited.
  • This group of parents offers little nurturing.
  • There are few or no expectations of the child.

How does this affect social media use?

This is where parents show little interest in the needs of their children and grant them complete freedom to do as they please and usually also encourage compulsive Internet us. Not setting limits online can potentially allow the child to receive harm or additionally harm others and potentially allows the child to possibly become addicted to online platforms or digital devices.

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