SHARENTING Do you know what it means?

SHARENTING (or oversharenting) is the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their kids.

Are you a SHARENT? A sharent is a parent (mom or dad) with a smartphone. Probably you.

Social media has only been around for about a decade or so, and so as parents, we have been learning about social media at the same time that we have been talking about our kids.

These days there is an ongoing debate as to how parents can balance their right to share with their kids’ interest in privacy.What do you think about it?

I think that social media has been around for about a decade and we are learning about it at the same time that our life goes on.

Many parent do it in a natural way, they feel impulsed to document and share information about their kids, because they are very happy and proud about them.

And nobody worry that when older, the kids could be embarrased by what was shared by their parents.

Sharing publicily our daily life as parents has become a social norm but we must be concerned that oversharing may pose safety and privacy risks for our kids.

By the time children are old enough to use social media themselves many already have a digital identity created for them by their parents.

Sarah J. Clark M.P.H. associate director of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Nation Poll

Have you think about it?

Instagram photos, YouTube videos sit on servers owned by corporations and are visible to anyone.

Everything on the Internet will be there forever.

When I began with my social media activity almost ten years ago, I decided to keep my girls away from public exposure. Now I am very happy to have made that weel considered decision.

When we were young it was very usual to be naked on the beach.One day my mother took a picture of us and put it in the living room. The photo was beautiful and possibly today she would have uploaded it to social media, or not. Every time someone comes to visit us my brother covered the image, ashamed.

Experts say that SHARENTING can actually be dangerous to children even years after the photos and information are posted online. There are benefits but there are also potential harms that are unrecognized by many parents. Harms may include identity theft, resharing pirated information on predator sites, sharing psychosocial information that should remain private, and sharing revealing or embarrassing information that may be misused by others.

Are you a sharent? Have you regretful of oversharing your kids in a blog, INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE or any other social media?

If you could start over, would you overshare your kids like this again?

Everyone is free to make the decision that they consider appropriate. But it must be a conscious decision.

Ten years after our start in Social Media, we must be aware of the consequences.

Think about their future. Have you think about their digital footprint?