Dangers of Sharenting

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Dangers of Sharenting
Short Title Dangers of Sharenting
Location Global
Date 2019

Taxonomy Increased Accessibility
Information Identifying, Physical Characteristics
Threat Actors Individual

Affected Children
High Risk Groups Children
Secondary Consequences Changed Behavior, Ostracism, Embarrassment

"Sharenting" is defined as the act of parents sharing news and pictures of their children online.


In recent years parents and older adults have flocked to social media sites where they share snippets of their daily life with friends and strangers. Many teenagers have voiced their frustration with their parent's excessive use of sharenting. Helier Cheung mentions how "ironically, children aren't technically allowed to register with most social media services until they are 13" but that doesn't mean their parents haven't been posting pictures and updates about their children's life.

Can sharenting be dangerous? The answer is yes. Oversharing of children's pictures throughout the years can put young people at risk of fraud. Search engines like Google make the pictures even more accessible. Many parents do not fully understand the repercussions of oversharing pictures due to a lack of understanding of internet privacy. So what can be done? Cheung recommends children to talk to their parents about internet security, ensure social media sites aren't public for everyone to view, and open dialogue about asking for permission before posting a picture.

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