With a constant online social presence, it has become second nature to post our dinner on Instagram, share travel photos on Facebook, and express our political opinions on Twitter. While all of this has become part of our daily norm, it is changing the way we parent our kids.
As a parent we love to take pictures of our kids, talk about our child's accomplishments, and get the world involved in our family. While this output of pride is perfectly normal, could we be having a negative effect on our kids and their futures?
The parenting overshare, or "sharenting," isn't just our Facebook friends groaning over another picture of your kid covered in mushed peas; the phenomenon that's sweeping the globe could impact our kid's future.
According to research from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, 92 per cent of two-year-olds in the U.S. have an online presence.
“When children appear in Facebook photos, 45.2 per cent of the posts also mention the child’s first name, and 6.2 per cent reference the child’s date of birth, allowing all viewers to establish the exact age of the child,” the study notes. “On Instagram, 63 per cent of parents reference their child’s first name in at least one photo in their stream, 27 per cent of parents reference their child’s date of birth, and 19 per cent share both pieces of information.”
What we used to share with family, friends and coworkers is now able to be viewed by millions through social media accounts. While most of the time this isn't a big deal, sometime it can be.