It's hard not to click on an article that promises to tell you the things you're doing wrong that may inadvertently harm your child.
The problem is that there really aren't that many things you're doing, oblivious to their danger. Most of us aren't planning to vacation in a volcano (Oh! Is that a bad idea?), or fill baby's tub with bubble bath and lobsters. And so a lot of tips end up being mushy, fear-filled advice with almost no point to them, like the one below. Extra points for using the word "kiddo" as if that makes the writing super fun.
While most social media posts are probably okay [can you get a little less definitive?] —particularly if you’re not posting your kiddo [!] in their diaper [Diapers are taboo? Should no one watch "Three Men and a Baby"?] —another thing that parents seem to think is safe is posting their location. [Because it is. News flash: Everyone is somewhere!] Many parents—especially of the younger generation [which most parents are] —tend to post photos without thinking about what they’re really sharing. [What SHOULD they be thinking? "If I post something, unlike the other two billion people who post every day, I am putting my kids in danger!"] Someone might see that you frequent a particular park regularly [which is dangerous if you are double-agent and the Kremlin is tracking you], or they might see your house number in the background of your snap [which is dangerous because a sleuth could figure out where you live. If a sleuth had any interest. Which they don't.] To really be safe, you shouldn’t share any of your regular routines or your home location online. [If you are wanted by the Mafia.] After all, having children in the first place has the potential to invite some unsafe situations, given today’s world. [Clearly, the most dangerous thing you have done to your kids it to have had them -- AND not to have had them in some other era or world.]
I'm not including a link to the actual tip because I don't want to get down on the reporter who was, as I have been throughout my journalism career, no doubt facing a deadline, an editor and an assignment that needed copy.
But "Tip Culture" is not benign. It dreams up dangers, warns us endlessly, treat us like morons and saps our self-confidence. So here are Let Grow's Official:
Tips for avoiding tips:
1 - If they seem dumb, they are.
2 - Like this list.