Sharenting: Why shouldn’t we share photos of our children on social networks?

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Rafael Nuñez y Rafael Nuñez Aponte Sharenting Why shouldn't we share photos of our children on social networks

The term sharenting comes from Share (sharing) and Parenting (paternity). It has become more popular as parents share their children’s lives online, documenting important events in minute detail on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks.

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Rafael Nuñez y Rafael Nuñez Aponte Sharenting Why shouldn't we share photos of our children on social networks

Publishing or uploading images, videos or any other type of recording associated with our children on the Internet in general, and on social networks, creates a digital footprint and exposes them to the different dangers that come with browsing the web. Even the information that parents share on social networks about their children can pose security risks and fraud.

The main risks that the public profiles of parents in social networks and messaging services, among others, that they can carry are the following:

  • It can lead to both physical and digital identity hijacking.
  • When minors access social networks, they can use these photos or videos to be the subject of memes, or any form of bullying on the networks.
  • During the adult lives of current minors, they may be victims of identity theft.
  • Digital reputation. When adult minors want to access prestigious institutions, the members of the selection committee will be able to access all the applicant’s information, especially social networks.

If we send images or videos via instant messaging (such as WhatsApp), we need to make sure that the people we send any content to are trustworthy and will not share it without our permission.