Your kid’s digital life – think twice before posting

By Shayna Brouker • Published: January 11th, 2017
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

From their first few steps to their adorable first smile, it’s hard not to capture every single thing your little one does as they grow up. But you might want to think twice before posting it online. A new study shows that 92 percent of 2-year-olds have an online presence, and there can be consequences to what is being called ‘’sharenting.’’

One-third of babies have had the first 24 hours of their life digitally documented and turned into Facebook “memories,” long before they have memories of their own. As with anything on social media, there is a risk that kids’ identities can be stolen and their photos used for nefarious purposes.

At a recent meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, faculty members from the University of Florida said, if possible, children should have a voice about what information about them is shared and warned of possible conflicts between a parents’ desire to share experiences and their child’s right to privacy.

So, what’s a proud parent to do? For one, never post pictures of your child less than fully clothed, and don’t give their location. Review each social media platform’s privacy policies. Know that sharing with certain people still doesn’t guarantee the information reaches their eyes only — people who are friends with them can see those posts, too.

To lessen the embarrassment of one’s parents that comes with being a teen, ask yourself how you would feel if someone posted the same thing about you. A study of more than 200 parents and their children found that kids overwhelmingly wanted rules on posting online compared with mom and dad.

So before you post, ask permission — or ask yourself, “Would I want that to be shared?”