“Oversharenting”, a term used to describe the overuse of social media by parents has a dark side, warned Emma Sadleir, an expert on Social Media Law.
For today’s kids, their social media debuts come long before they’ve learnt how to walk or talk. Friends and family can engage with online posts sharing the growth of babies prior to birth in the form of grainy ultrasound pictures, gender reveal videos and snaps of swollen pregnant bellies.
Once the bundle of joy arrives, a constant stream of baby updates follows suit. It seems like the natural thing to do in today’s online culture, but how aware are parents of the dangers posed by creating a digital footprint for children?
There is a dark side to oversharenting that eclipses the “likes” and sweet comments on cute baby posts. Emma Sadleir, expert on social media law and founder of the Digital Law Company, said, “Pictures can be misused, either repurposed as pornography by being digitally manipulated using graphics editors to add children's faces on to naked bodies, or attached to inappropriate written content.”
From paedophiles to online identity thieves and phishers (a person who poses as a trustworthy entity to fraudulently obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, often for malicious reasons), “social media is present wrapped up in a shiny red bow for the baddies,” said Sadleir