Baseball Legend Alex Rodriguez has an interesting parenting style in the digital age — he uses a fake Instagram account to keep an eye on his children online.
In an interview on the Barstools Podcast, the former Yankee admitted that he has a verbal "contract" with his daughters about what he can post online since they're going into high school, they're a little more sensitive about the things their celebrity father posts online. To his credit though, A-Rod admitted he understands where they're coming from and actually listens to their concerns.
“Oh my gosh, they are like the COO and the CEO of my social media craziness, whatever I do,” says Rodriguez. “They’re so good. Every time I post something, usually like, five out of 10, both of them would DM and say, ‘Dad, are you serious? Dad, you know I’m going into high school this year. Dad, this is how bullying starts.'”
Little do they know, however, he has a separate account to keep tabs on his daughters. The information came out when the hosts asked Rodriguez if he has a “dad burner account,” he responded with “absolutely.”
Rodriguez is a father of two — Natasha Alexander Rodriguez (14) and Ella Alexander Rodriguez — whom he had with Cynthia Scurtis. The two divorced in 2008, and now, he's engaged to Jenifer Lopez. According to People, Natasha and Ella both love Lopez and actively wanted the couple to get married for a while. Not only that, but they will likely be a big part of the wedding.
Back to the topic of the burner account, A-Rod is in an interesting position here. Most notably, his daughters undoubtedly know he's following them on social media despite their requests for him not to. We'd assume that would lead to an awkward dinner. With that said, however, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recently spoke about this topic to Global News. In fact, they specifically say that monitoring your child's online activity is a parental responsibility. With the digital age we live in, children are more tech-savvy than ever, but may not see the consequences to their online actions. So it's just as important to make yourself available so your teens can feel like they can come to you when something happens.
While there are apps parents can download to keep their kids under their thumb, it's important to have discussions with your teenagers about what they share and who they talk to.