For any one who has never heard of ‘sharenting’ it the term given to the activity of posting images and information by parents about their child(ren) on social media. In a recent article in the Telegraph it highlighted the fact that Under France’s stringent privacy laws, parents could face penalties as severe as a year in prison and a fine of €45,000 (£35,000) if convicted of publicising intimate details of the private lives of others — including their children – without their consent. In recent blog article from Parenting for a Digital Future it highlighted the potential for the same to occur in this country following the introduction of the new data protection regulations.
In the blog it highlights;
- The average parent shares almost 1,500 images of their child online before their fifth birthday,
- More than 80% of children have an online presence by the age of two.
Has ‘sharenting’ become is the norm and that children should expect to have their information sharented? Although many parents never sharent, increasingly we hear of concerns about parental ‘oversharenting’, where parents sharing too much or inappropriate information, even when they know this might embarrass or upset their child. How many of us remember dreading their 18th or 21st birthday and ‘those pictures’ being shown to our friends. At least it was a small group and not to the world wide web. We need to encourage the parents and carers we deal with to consider what they post how often as, it looks it may come back to bite them in a way they never expected.
Another useful article can be found on the Guardian website where it discuses the pro’s and con’s around the issue. Click here to read more