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Hollywood star, Ashton Kutcher is a dad. His girlfriend, actress Mila Kunis gave birth to their daughter a few weeks back.

While most dads are getting to grips with parenthood, learning how to change nappies, getting used to sleepless nights and the ridiculous amounts of to-dos that come with being a first-time parent (says she, sounding like an expert), Ashton is... registering his daughter on Twitter and Instagram.

Yep, he is clearly worried about his daughter’s social media future and has registered her name to ensure she gets the perfect Twitter handle and Instagram profile. Seriously?

Not being a parent, yet, perhaps I shouldn’t judge, but I do wonder about these ‘new methods’ of parenting. Whatever happened to the old-fashioned ways of raising a new-born?

I hate social media – it’s one of the worst aspects of the internet and this story makes me mad... no, scrap that, it makes me sad.

Apart from the fact that by the time his daughter reaches the age where she’d not only be able to use social media, but also care enough about it, there will have been so many advances in technology and the web that Twitter and Instagram will be a thing of the past, I just pity the fact that Ashton felt compelled to do it in the first place.

Surely becoming a father for the first time is so overwhelming and so magical the last thing on his mind would be her potential social media habits. Does anyone else find this not only strange but also a little disturbing?

I’m continually told by my older sister Jo to enjoy the time I have kid-free because when a baby comes along life will change. But at no point has my sister or any other parent for that matter had a conversation about their child’s social media status. But then we’re not part of the Hollywood elite are we?

I understand technology plays a huge part in our future and as my sister points out (usually when I’m moaning about the kids playing on the iPad) that not allowing them to engage with technology could potentially harm their learning skills – I get that. I may not like it, but I understand. However, Ashton has taken it way too far.