01/6Are you Instagramming your child?
There are many accounts on social media, such as on Instagram and TikTok, which are created by parents and feature pictures and videos of their children. Many of these accounts are not private and are followed by thousands and millions of people on the internet.
Now with so much information about your child and their life out there, it is important to consider how safe it is to put your child’s life on the internet – dubbed as ‘sharenting.’
02/6Parents are responsible for their child’s digital footprint
As a parent, you need to be mindful of how much of your child’s life you are sharing on the internet. A lot of parents these days share vlogs in which they reveal every tiny detail about their kid’s day. However, this can allow intruders to walk into your child’s space, note child psychiatrists. As a parent, you are responsible for your child’s digital footprint and need to make a conscious choice about what all you are revealing to the rest of the world. Make sure you do not reduce your child and their experiences to “content.”
03/6Pitfalls of “sharenting”
CID West Bengal recently alerted parents about the pitfalls of “sharenting” and how it may lead to important information falling into the hands of cyber fraudsters. The cops warned it could even lead to morphed photographs and ‘digital kidnapping’ in its most severe repercussions.
Oversharing your children’s life on social media could also lead to identity theft, future discrimination and violation of the privacy of your children.
04/6All children deserve a private space
Leah Plunkett, author of Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk about Our Kids Online, says “sharenting” is a complex space.
“We should think before we talk about our kids online, because all children deserve a private space to play, to make mischief, even make a few mistakes and grow up better for having made them,” she told CBC. “I don’t just mean play in terms of board games or make-believe…. But I really mean a range of personal freedom for exploration that is free from the unwanted gaze of others, both now and in the future.”
05/6Striking a balance is important
According to a senior West Bengal CID officer, the campaign around ‘sharenting’ aims at sensitizing parents to the “limits”‘ of sharing information about children.
“A family photograph or a click from a birthday celebration is not what we are raising awareness about. It’s more about striking a balance and acknowledging the fact that a child is not in a position to give consent. In other words, it’s about sharing details which, in the long run, could prove detrimental for the child’s psychological growth, apart from the possibility of cyber criminals using those details for their own purposes,” said a DIG.
06/6Drawing a line is important
It is okay to share pictures, videos or details of your child’s life on social media, but it is also important to note when to draw a line to prevent oversharing or putting your child’s personal life at risk.
It is important to note that parents do not share any “information” or “content” that is “dangerous, illegal or criminal, or very likely to lead to embarrassment or other negative consequences for their children now or in the future,” shared Plunkett.
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