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Your Kid’s Cute, But Should You Be Posting About Them On Social Media?




A mother takes a photo on her phone of  her daughter Kindergarten student while doing homework and then send it online to the teacher during the second month of quarantine in the Country on April 23, 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela.
A mother takes a photo on her phone of her daughter Kindergarten student while doing homework and then send it online to the teacher during the second month of quarantine in the Country on April 23, 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Posting baby pictures on Facebook, or sharing a video of your kid playing in the park on your Instagram story, all sound like fun social media content for friends and family to awe and comment on their feeds. But for parents, is there such a thing as oversharing about your child’s life on the internet?

Parents are asking themselves whether they want to start building their child’s digital footprint before their child can even comprehend how to use the internet. Oversharing details and photos of your child on social media might seem like harmless updates of their lives, but it has parents thinking about how their social media use will affect their child’s future. The practice of parents oversharing, or “sharenting”, has raised questions of acting in respect to a child’s privacy, even when said child may not understand the concept. Aside from respecting a child’s privacy, there are also concerns that their child’s personal information is being collected and, in worse case scenarios, being manipulated for malicious use.  There are legalities in place to protect a child’s privacy in general contexts, such as healthcare and education, but no law that establishes a child’s right to privacy from their parents. So where do parents draw the line, and where can they strike a balance?

Today on AirTalk, we discuss what questions parents might consider before sharing information about their child’s life online and how to navigate social media. Are you a parent on social media? What are you thinking about before you post a picture, or share any information about your child online? Is there a limit to how much you can share online? What concerns do you have about your child’s privacy? Call us at 866-893-5722 to share your thoughts.

With guest host Josie Huang

Guest:

Stacey Steinberg, legal-skills professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law; author of the book “Growing Up Shared: How Parents Can Share Smarter on Social Media and What You Can Do to Keep Your Family Safe in a No-Privacy World” (Sourcebooks, 2020); she tweets at @sgsteinberg