Mum argues parents shouldn’t boast about their children’s GCSE results on social media

Real Housewives of Cheshire star Leanne Brown argues parents should hold back from showing off about their children's GCSE results on social media, as it could upset less successful students.

It was GCSE results day yesterday and your social media feeds were probably filled with posts from proud mums and dads and their kids showing off their results.

Although it’s normal for every parent to be proud of their child and to want to shout it from the rooftops, do you think they should stop and think before sharing their results on social media?

Leanne Brown, star of the reality show Real Housewives of Cheshire  thinks parents should stop with their public boasts, as it could be upsetting for other families.

Talking on Good Morning Britain Leanne explained: ‘At the end of the day be proud of your child. But to put the individual scores out there, I just think have a bit of consideration for the peers who may not have done as well.’

She continued: ‘My worry is if my eldest child, who is now 15, she’s going to do her GCSEs next year, she may do well but if her siblings that are going to do their GCSEs don’t do as well they might feel inadequate or feel pressure.’

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Leanne added that efforts to tell children not to compare themselves online are wasted if parents go ahead and boast when their child has an achievement.

However, parenting expert Liz Fraser said parents should be able to put whatever they want online and Good Morning Britain viewers agreed.

Liz said: ‘Social media is your platform to put anything you want out there. It’s inherently self-interested isn’t it? Even if you comment on the news you’re still putting your opinions on the news, even if you ask a question, it’s about you.’

Liz added: ‘It’s our own little platform where we can share things or talk about things that are of interest to us. If you don’t like what I post on social media, whether that’s about my children, my life, or my work, whatever it might be, you don’t have to follow me, you don’t have to look at it, it’s absolutely fine.’

Viewers also agreed that if other parents don’t like what they post, it’s tough luck!

One person tweeted: ‘If you have a child, who gets good grades you should be proud. It means they have worked hard for their reward. If some parents have kids who didn’t work hard, did not achieve. Tough!’

Another wrote: ‘Why? Nothing wrong in showing your pride in children’s results!!’

A third added: ‘Utter tosh. It should be celebrated, not swept under the proverbial carpet.’

Not everyone was against Leanne’s suggestion though and many said it’s more important to tell your children how proud you are rather than put it on social media for personal gain or glory.

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