Reading this you may be asking yourself what in the world is sharenting? And rightfully so.
Sharenting is when parents overshare information about their kids on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or on any other social media platform.
It’s a concept that not too many people are familiar with but still, already get backlash for it.
A controversial and touchy subject considering the obsession social media has become, there is still no right or wrong answer for this. I mean, we live in a world where everyone thinks they can do whatever they want so long as it makes them ‘happy,’ including how much about their child they will share on social platforms.
All the same, here are five reasons why sharenting is a huge concern
- It’s looked at as a form of exploitation
Social media has made it easy for people to make money in different ways. One of those ways is pushing your child for endorsements and other business opportunities. Some kids feel like they can’t be themselves because they have to work for mom and dad’s sake. They now carry the burden of paying the bills and supporting their parent’s lifestyles which is quite sad.
Children should be allowed to just be kids and have fun. I guess those days when children would just enjoy each other’s company are gone now because some are already working.
- It’s a breach of privacy
Many parents are guilty of posting things their kids would never want shared. A bit understandable because they don’t usually have the intention of embarrassing their kids online but this doesn’t make it right. Children also have privacy rights and in countries like France, they can actually sue their parents for sharing unconsented information about them online.
These days, kids are becoming more self-aware and suing their parents for sharenting.
- It exposes kids to criticism
The internet is a harsh world. One minute you’re being liked and the next, you’re being trolled online. This leaves you open for others to ridicule you and make nasty comments for one reason or another. If it’s already difficult for adults to deal with this kind of negativity, imagine what it can do to your child. They end up developing deep esteem issues, anxiety and depression at an early age.
- It exposes them to predators
Aside from online criticism, kids are also at risk of being hacked, stalked, kidnapped, abused and other forms of violation. There are people online who have horrible intentions, and are lurking for vulnerable kids. So, parents need to be more aware of how this can affect their kids. They might accidentally upload critical information about their kids like location or credit card numbers that leaves their children exposed. Even something as simple as a picture or video can make them a target of identity theft.
- It can destroy relationships
Sharenting has affected many family relationships. So many kids have grown to be resentful and angry with their parents for posting stuff about them online. We know that the internet doesn’t forget so this makes the situation worse. If you delete a post for example, people have already seen it, re-posted it and taken multiple screenshots of it.
It’s not bad to post things about your child online but it’s also essential that you do it wisely.
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