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#DigiWishes: Think Twice About Oversharenting!

Are you Guilty of "Oversharenting"? Have you ever noticed on your social media accounts, like Facebook or Instagram, there are some people who post picture after picture and video after video of their kids? Maybe they do it to keep extended family in the loop of every little triumph. Or maybe the parent just needs extra validation through “likes” and they end up over sharing their children's accomplishments. I think its fair to assume that we all have those “friends” and maybe, just maybe, we’re guilty of doing it ourselves.

“Oversharenting” is the new term to describe such parents, meaning over-sharing daily activities and photos of babies/toddlers. But there are risks to “oversharenting” your kids, and these risks can be quite serious:

  1. By sharing too much information, the parent creates a digital footprint for their child way too early; before the child has any control over what they want shared.

  2. Social media companies have rights to your photos and videos. In the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities on Facebook, for example, it states, "For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it."

  3. People steal images all of the time. There’s no guarantee “Friends” won’t share or save and image you’ve posted, even if you’ve set strict privacy settings.

  4. Pedophile websites, advertisers, and blogs have been known to steal uploaded images from all forms of social media as well.

Sharing information has never been faster, especially with social media. While the convenience of posting everything about our children is a handy way to keep grandparents connected, there’s always those individuals who will abuse the latest upload. Be cautious and very selective when posting. Remember its just not a picture, it's your child.

Brittany is the Marketing Manager of KidsEmail, Mom of 2, Farmer's Wife, and dedicated to keeping kids safe online.



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