Ten things to consider before posting about your kids on social media.
You just introduced spaghetti and tomato sauce to your toddler, and he’s covered from head to toe. Thinking he looks like an adorable mess, you put it on Facebook.
Your middle-schooler is reluctantly accompanying you to an art museum. Her mood won’t brighten, and you snap a picture of her pouting in front of a Claude Monet painting. “What a fun companion” you tell your Instagram friends.
In under a minute, parents can share funny moments, adventures, or milestones with friends and family near and far. Parents create camaraderie and support by sharing the highs and lows of parenthood in what’s been called “sharenting.” Parents posting about their children online is common: More than 90 percent of American 2 year olds have an online presence.
But it also begs the question — are you potentially compromising your children’s safety as well as embarrassing them or violating their privacy, since as we know, online postings linger for years to come?
“When we post information about or photos of our kids online, we need to carefully consider the consequences by asking who our ' sharenting' serves and how it may negatively affect our kids,” said mom of three teenagers, pediatrician Kate Land of Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville, California.
In this day and age of “sharenting” Dr. Land weighs in on what parents should and should not do online. Adapted from a 2016 legal paper on children’s privacy in social media, these guidelines are helpful to keep in mind before posting online about your children: