Sharenting: Parents oversharing info about kids on social media, concerned too
Many parents love to share every step of their kids on social networking sites. Even smallest steps that they take are usually shared by many parents with their social media friends across the world.
Even the news of sneezing is not confined to home between, mother, father, kid and siblings. Now even this is shared on social media sites with pictures of kids sneezing adoring their parentsâ€™ wall.
A latest study claims that parental oversharing, or â€œsharenting,â€ may not be good for the health or the future of kids.
Though this trend has caught up with parents across the world, this is dangerous. J. Clark, associate director of the C.S. Mott Childrenâ€™s Hospital National Poll on Childrenâ€™s Health while talking about it says, â€œBy the time children are old enough to use social media themselves many already have a digital identity created for them by their parentsâ€.
Many parents have said that they are concerned with the safety of their kids thanks to so much sharing. University of Michigan poll said that parents were actually concerned that someone could learn private information about their child or share their photos. Many parents also said that even their kids may find some of these info actually embarrassing in their future.
But if you thought that such thoughts prevented them from sharing you were mistaken. â€œOnce it’s out there, it’s hard to undo. The child won’t have much control over where it ends up or who sees itâ€ Clark said. Many parents said that they use social media to discuss their childâ€™s health and parenting. Most parents say social media makes them feel less alone and helps them get advice.
Clarke while talking on this phenomenon said, â€œOn one hand, social media offers today’s parents an outlet they find incredibly useful. On the other hand, some are concerned that oversharing may pose safety and privacy risks for their childrenâ€.