Sharenting – Which Side Of The Fence Are you?
10th April 2018
According to Ofcom, the nation is divided about whether it is okay for parents to post pictures of their kids on social media – a common practice that has been dubbed “sharenting”. Are you part of the 56% opposed to it, or the slim minority who don’t mind?
So, what’s the problem with sharenting?
Those opposed to sharenting cite protecting the privacy of under-18s as their main reason for not sharing pictures of their kids on social media. Not unreasonable when you consider that each photo or image of a child has the power to form a digital footprint of them, an identity that can follow them into adult life.
The privacy issue is arguably more of a concern than ever following the latest media outburst involving social media giants facebook, with experts revealing that platforms such as these are maybe storing more data than we would be comfortable with.
Out of 1000 people asked:
- 70% do not think it’s ok to share images of others without permission
- 36% believe personal photos should be restricted to followers who are friends
- 50% think once an image is posted online it is difficult to erase
What about the pro-sharenters?
Of the parents who post pictures of their kids online, 80 per cent feel confident that the sharing is restricted to only family and friends, which makes the activity acceptable. However, on the flip side, those surveyed did acknowledge that they would just accept “terms and conditions” of a social media app without really knowing what the privacy options were.
Half of the pro-sharers said that they had permission from their kids to post the photos and videos, and only 15 per cent were concerned about what their kids might think when they grew up.
Points to consider before sharing images of your kids online
- Your social media posts might not be as secure or private as you think.
- Other people may share pictures of your child without your permission.
- Lead by example and always ask your child if they are happy for a picture or video of them to be shared online.
- For children too young to understand, consider if the image or video could cause embarrassment in the future.