You might wonder what Sharenting is all about? Well, sharenting is the word coined for those parents who share too much information about their kids on social media. The Wall Street Journal created this term which stems from the two words ‘over-sharing’ and ‘parenting.’
Sarah Clark, Associate Director of University of Michigan, says, “By the time children are old enough to use social media themselves many already have a digital identity created for them by their parents.”
Experts say that you’re not sure whether the people whom you share your child’s photos may download and redistribute these images. Your privacy settings are not enough of a safety net because even these posts can reach a large audience.
Some psychologists have individually voiced concern over the psychological impacts of sharenting on kids. Psychologist Aric Sigman indicated to The Guardian that children develop their identities reflecting on the private moments and social media disrupts this process. There are also chances of kids being cyber bullied over content on social media.
Turn off geolocation- This setting can expose your child’s location. Parents should avoid checking into a location with their child on social media. It would be wise to disable the geolocation altogether.
Limit your sharing – You can share your kid’s achievements like graduation, their first job, and avoid publically posting any identifying information. By doing this, you’re creating a positive online identity for your children, and you’re protecting them from prying eyes.
Tighten your privacy settings – Make sure you have the strongest privacy settings. Ensure that you are sharing the kid’s photos only with family and friends. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter often have policy changes regarding their privacy settings. So check back every couple of months.
Monitor your child’s digital Footprint- You can Google your kid’s name and create a google search alert in case you’ve posted any information about them on the net. If you find any unwanted information, you can request that the search engine removes it.
Take home message- Be careful about what you post online, some special moments are best stored in the recesses of your heart that will be etched in your memory forever.