Social media has made many people to bring forth what is meant to be private to public, to the world at large without knowing the implications. Today, many mothers post their baby bump and new born babies pictures which is totally not advisable.
Here are some implications behind such acts.
This act that is now called “sharenting” is not advisable. Do you know that you can attract pedophilia. Pedophilia sites used to collect photos of kids and trace them, especially some mothers that post nude pictures of their children and cover body parts with emojis. Your child can be sexually abused simply because you displayed one cute picture of your child out there. And the abuser might not be far from you.
Do not forget that the social media is not save for you as an adult let alone for an innocent child. Consider the amount of information you give out to the public. Do not forget that anytime a picture is shared online, it goes out of your control. You might not be able to know where it landed and who is with the details. Even if you have personal privacy settings which can affect whoever views it, screenshot can be useful. There is this thing called child’s right to privacy give it to your child. Your child’s birthdate,personal location, behavioural progress, academic and medical conditions should be kept private.
“The reality is that the data shared by parents could be revealed by Google search algorithm for years to come. And we don’t know what our children’s goals might be when they get older”. -Stacey Steinberg, an associate director for the centre on children and families at University of Florida levin college of law.
Displaying your child’s pictures can spoil your mood and attracts insults and bully on your child as the child grows up. You can remember some celebrities and mothers crying online for what people said to their children.
It can lead to Digital Kidnapping. This is a situation whereby someone takes the photos of your child from the posts and reposts the child with a new name and new identities and claims the child to be their own.
The U.K report warns
“We need to stop and think about what this means for children’s lives now and how it may impact on their future lives as adults. We simply do not know what the consequences of all this information about our children will be. In the light of this uncertainty, should we be happy to continue forever collecting and sharing children’s data”.
Another U.K report, Barclays has forecast that by 2030 “sharenting” will account for 2/3 of identity fraud, costing hundreds of millions of dollars a year with just a name, date of birth and address (easy enough to find in a geo tagged birthday party photo on Facebook for example), bad actors can store this information until a person turns 18 and then begin opening accounts.
As a parent, you are really left to your own devices but do not forget that whenever you post your children pictures online, you are leaving a permanent trail. Anything uploaded online even if its later deleted or archived, contributes to a person’s online footprint.
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