AceShowbiz - Jennifer Garner doesn't allow her 13-year-old daughter Violet to have an Instagram page. Although she herself has an account which has over 7 million followers, the mother of three is not keen for her children to join the social media.
"Without even having parents who are well-known, I worry about all kids having to deal with this new pressure," the actress explained on "Next Question with Katie Couric" podcast. "My daughter's at an all-girl school and it's such a huge problem."
"She'll occasionally talk to me about getting Instagram," she opened up. She could understand the appeal "because I'm on there and it's something kind of fun that I do, and I am modeling the opposite of what I want for her to do. How often is that in parenting?"
So how did she turn her daughter down when she and even Ben Affleck were on Instagram? "I just say, when you can show me studies that say that teenage girls are happier using Instagram than not, then we can have the conversation," she revealed.
She believed social media could do more harm than good especially for youngsters. "Everything you look at, I don't see anything positive for you out there," so she said. "You can look at mine when you want to, we can go over it together, but I just don't see it."
Jennifer Garner has always tried to keep her children from public eyes as much as possible. "I've never posted pictures of them on Instagram. I used to refuse to say their names during interviews - but everyone knows their names!" she previously told InStyle.
"I'm sure there are times my kids would really love to see themselves reflected on my social media in a fun way and to have the attention they would get from that. But I've fought too hard against it. It would feel hypocritical," she went on.
However, she wasn't critical of other parents who chose to post pictures of their kids on social media. "I just don't think most kids have been hounded in the way that mine were when they were little. We were completely hounded 24/7 for 10 solid years, and it changes you," she explained.