Who and what is a “sharent” precisely? If you have both a child and a smartphone, it’s probably you.
Sharenting, a term to describe mothers who actively share their children’ digital identities online, is rampant in the United States, with 92 percent of toddlers under the age of 2 already having their own unique digital identity. As 2017 comes to a close, it appears to be a phenomenon that demonstrates no sign of slowing down.
” When I first started looking into the topic, I was wrestling with the issue as a mom myself ,” says Stacey Steinberg, one of the most noted researchers on the issue and the author of” Sharenting: Children’s Privacy in the Age of Social Media .”” The more I looked into it, the more I realized, this isn’t just a moral issue, this is actually a public health issue .”
It’s no surprise then that international child advocacy organisation UNICEF released a report this month lamenting the dangers of the” bedroom culture” which is leading to reckless sharenting–one that can have profound implications on safety and psychological welfare , not to mention a child’s right to privacy now, or later in life, their right to be digitally erased.
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One in four children said their parents’ sharenting constructed them feel embarrassed, anxious, worried, or sad.
Fifty percent of images shared on pedophile sites are stolen from social media sites.
Fourteen percent of American mommies maintain their own blogs of which there are an estimated 3.9 million in North America–with the top 10 percent constructing six figures.
The pulling to sharent–for profit, notoriety, and approval–is increasingly lucrative.” InstaMom” influencers build thousands of dollars with every campaign while YouTube’s top family vloggers build hundreds of thousands of dollars.