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‘Sharenting’: Why parents do it and how it affects children




A woman takes photos of her daughter after a snowfall in Beijing on November 10, 2009.
A woman takes photos of her daughter after a snowfall in Beijing on November 10, 2009.
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Have you ever shared a photo of your child online? Maybe you uploaded their sonogram online before they were even born? It’s all in good faith, but some experts say it may be wiser to be more protective of your kids’ privacy.

The phenomenon is called “sharenting” and as kids grow older in the digital age, they’re starting to discover they already have a curated online presence— thanks, in large part, to their parents. In fact, 92% of toddlers under the age of two already have a digital footprint, according to a study by the internet-security firm AVG.

So how should parents practice sharing information about their children online? What possible effects might “sharenting” have on children’s future? And how do kids feel about a pre-established digital identity? If you’re a parent who’s posted about your kids online, what’s your criteria before hitting “share”? Weigh in and call us at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Priya Kumar, doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies where she focuses on the intersection of families, technology use, and privacy; she tweets @DearPriya

Yalda T. Uhls, adjunct professor of child psychology at UCLA and founder of The Center for Scholars & Storytellers; she is also a senior advisor at Common Sense Media, a nonprofit aiming to help kids and parents navigate media and technology and the author of "Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age" (Routledge, 2015); she tweets @DrYaldaUhls