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The ‘sharenting’ trap

May 21, 2019

Why parents should think twice about posting photos of their kids online

Like most social media users, parents can also have the tendency to overshare their lives online. With today’s moms and dads being more internet savvy than ever, it’s not surprising to see many posting about their children (even before they’re born) regularly.

This predilection, and sometimes, over enthusiasm to share has been referred to as “sharenting.”

The constant documentation of kids is so prevalent that it’s been normalized — but according to some experts, it shouldn’t be.

Parent should realize they are creating a digital footprint for their child way before he or she has say about it

Parents who are part of this trend should realize that they are creating a digital footprint for their child way before he or she has say about it, and that digital identity is going stay whether or not he or she likes it.

Understandbly, it is easy to forget how these can be potentially harmful in the future, what with your overwhelming feelings of pride and joy.

‘Sharenting’ is the over enthusiasm of parents to share details of their children, even before they are born.

Time for a reality check, is today, The Manila Times, together with Rakuten Viber, share four ways sharenting online might put a child at risk, and why parents should think twice before posting all those baby pics.

Sharing online can invade a child’s privacy. Parents are in effect taking control of their child’s digital identity, without their consent. Those funny bath time snaps and other sensitive photos may impact their future social lives — sure, parents think it’s cute now, but that is not them in the embarrassing photo — and even employment. The seemingly innocent photos can also undermine children’s trust in their parents.

Once posted, children’s photos will forever be out there.

Children’s identity can be stolen. There’s been quite a number of digital kidnapping incidents in recent years. It is a kind of identity theft that happens when another person takes the photos of a child from social media, creates a new name and identity, and then claims the child as their own.

Online predators could come after the little one. Parents need to be extra careful before sharing any kind of information about their child. Online predators are adult users who seek to exploit vulnerable children for sexual or other abusive purposes. They can get any kid’s photos and videos and post them on child pornography websites and other disturbing forums.

Those funny bath time snaps may impact their future social lives.

Parents cannot take anything back. Once posted, those children’s photos will always be out there on a server. Even if parents try to tighten their privacy settings, anything shared online can, with a few indiscreet clicks, become public property.

It’s understandable for parents to want to share about their kids, but they have to be cautious about it and keep in mind the implications it might have on their kids’ future.

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