Jennifer Garner Reveals Why She Won’t Let Her Teen Daughter Have an Instagram Account, and We Can Relate

Jennifer Garner recently spoke with Katie Couric for an episode of her podcast, Next Question with Katie Couric, and discussed many topics, including her thoughts on social media and, specifically, whether she’d consider letting her children have Instagram accounts.

Parents of tweens and teenagers everywhere debate about if and when is the best time for their child to have a social media presence. And in that way, we can relate to supermom (and talented actress) Garner.

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Jennifer Garner Explains Why She Won’t Let Her 13-Year-Old Daughter Have an Instagram Account

Garner, who joined Instagram just a couple of years ago, won’t let her eldest Violet, 13, have an Instagram account. The reason she says is that the non-stop social media use just adds a level of social pressure that can be anything but beneficial.

“Without even having parents who are well-known, I worry about all kids having to deal with this new pressure,” Garner said. “My daughter’s at an all-girl school and it’s such a huge problem.”

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That doesn’t mean Violet hasn’t asked for an account of her own. Garner, though, has a great response: “When you can show me studies that say that teenage girls are happier using Instagram than not, then we can have conversations,” she tells her daughter.

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For her part, Garner, thankfully, uses the platform for positivity, focusing on inspirational quotes, what she calls her #PretendCookingShow where she shows off her cooking skills, shout-outs to her favorite people and more.

Garner is often very candid about her life as a parent. Earlier this year, she opened up about how her role in Hollywood changed, saying she quickly “became defined by pregnancies and babies.” She also got candid about being strict with her kids.

While she’s not allowing Violet to have her own account, she told her daughter she can share hers any time.

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