Date: January 29, 2019
“For many of us, posting on social media is a daily habit. For parents, that often means updates about what their young children are up to. But can parents be guilty of sharing too much about their kids online?
The phenomenon is called “sharenting” — and now, some experts say parents ought to pay closer attention to what they’re sharing.
Stacey Steinberg, associate director of the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, says sharenting represents a “cultural shift” in the way kids grow up.
“Social media has only been around for about a decade or so, and so as parents, we’re first learning about social media at the same time that we’re talking about our kids,” Steinberg (@sgsteinberg) tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. “And as our pride and joy, we want to share them.”
As a mother of three kids, Steinberg recommends parents develop their own policies around sharing photos, videos and other life updates about their children on sites like Facebook. For some, the best method might be simply not posting at all. For others, it could be a matter of giving a child the right to say no before a post is published.
“I think our kids need to be able to come of age in a way that they have control over their digital footprint,” she says. “So it’s really important that before we press ‘share’ on our digital devices, so to speak, that we really think about who they might become, who they might want to become and how can we best give them an opportunity to control this new digital identity that they’ll grow to be in charge of one day.”
I can agree with this…
…Not everybody wants a picture of themselves setting on the toilet squirting out a turd, forever floating around the internet.
The first court case will be interesting to see.