“Sharenting” – Parents & Online Sharing: Infographic

Parents, Kids, and Online Sharing  

Sharenting, or the act of parents sharing information about their children online, is a phenomenon that began in the early 2000s. Parents began posting media of their children playing sports, taking their first steps, singing in the car and more. While social media is a great tool to keep in touch with long distance relatives and friends, some have shown concern about sharenting because of how much information of their child is online. 

Some parents believe that sharenting helps during the parenting process, whereas others say that parents sometimes share too much. With identity crimes that target children in mind, where is the line drawn when it comes to the privacy of a child’s information?

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Public Databases Make Information Too Public

The Internet is the world of free information. Thanks to online public databases, people finder websites and social media networks, we have instant access to vast amounts of information at our fingertips. 

Because the Internet is such an open environment, we rely on it to not only make information immediately available, but to also handle our data securely. Personal information can be used to gain automatic access to certain programs, like using your Facebook credentials to play games or connecting your Gmail account to YouTube and other social media platforms. With the Internet boosting convenience and efficiency, some big information security questions remain:

What information of yours is available on the Internet? Where is it available, and to whom? How do applications use your personal information across different platforms? And, most importantly, how can you remove that information from the Internet?  Continue reading