The risks of sharenting are lurking. Here’s how it was born and what are the risks of exposing your children on social media.
The term “sharenting” is a combination of the terms “sharing” and “parenting”. Sharenting, therefore, is the sharing images on social media gods their children. However, this affects not only the privacy of children and adolescents, but also their safety. There is nothing wrong with wanting to share your child’s achievements and special memories on social media, but make sure you do so safely!
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A Barclays study predicted that “sharing” will account for two thirds of online identity fraud by 2030, costing up to £ 667 million per year. Additionally, a study by the Children’s Commissioner for England found that by the age of 13 the average child has already had 1,300 pictures shared on social networks by their parents or guardians. The photos and details parents share about their children – including their birthday, school they attend and hobbies – perhaps unsurprisingly could leave children more susceptible to identifying fraud in the future. So here’s what to do to share yes, but safely
Update your privacy settings
Privacy settings are the first step in preventing the consequences of “sharing”. Despite the numerous risks, most parents still choose to keep their accounts public, which allows anyone, even strangers, to access some, if not all, of their content. Internet users must take advantage of the privacy settings available on all social media accounts. The safest setting is to allow only friends to view your posts. This means, for example, on Instagram, new followers should request to follow your account to view your posts, and on Facebook you need to ensure that your privacy settings are enabled to only allow friends to view your posts.
However, while this is a good first step in protecting your profile, it is often not enough. Even if an account is private, hackers can still access your personal information through other features, such as “Like” settings. If your “Like” settings are not set to private, information such as movies and TV shows you like and places you like to visit are instantly available to anyone in public.
Regularly checking and thoroughly analyzing all privacy settings is key to ensuring the protection of your profile.
According to recent research conducted from the University of Antwerp in Belgium through some groups of teenagers between 12 and 14, there is a lot of fear and anxiety to find out what their parents have shared on social media. Teenagers would like to check their parents every time they post photos or comments about them, because unlike their fathers and mothers they understand that sharenting is something dangerous for their web reputation.
Know your audience
Do you really know everyone on your friends list? Limiting shared details is an easy step to safeguarding a child’s identity. Keep your posts targeted, this way people viewing your content are controlled and genuinely interested in your post.
People who use smaller, closed networks to share their child’s first day of school details don’t have to worry about marking the school’s location in the post, as they know the only people who see the picture are the ones they’ve carefully selected. .
Exploration of other platforms
Social media platforms play an important role in most of our lives, especially during the pandemic, as it has replaced much of our daily face-to-face social interaction. However, despite helping billions of people around the world stay connected, many choose to go through a “digital detox”. In addition to threats to privacy and security, research has shown that social media is having a detrimental effect on our mental health, especially in the younger generations – with a study by the Institute of Education Policy and The Prince’s Trust showing that Heavy use of social media is linked to negative well-being and self-esteem, with more girls experiencing feelings of depression and hopelessness.
But you can stay in touch with the ones you care about the most, while staying away from the negative impacts of traditional social media platforms. It is natural to want to share your child’s achievements with your closest friends and family. Sharing is not the problem, but how and where it is shared is!
Updated on 06.04.2021