Earlier this year, the terms “sharenting” and “over-sharenting” made waves as a study was released saying that half of all moms and a third of dads admit to posting the ins and outs of raising their kids on a variety of social media platforms. This article in the Washington Post highlighted the trend of documenting family moments with ever-increasing detail — photos included.
The terms and the study unleashed a widespread debate about how over-sharing information impacts kids’ online privacy. But for Devorah Heitner, founder of Raising Digital Natives, there’s something else at play: When we overshare images and information about our children, we aren’t modeling the kind of digital behavior that we hope they themselves will practice.
Encouraging your kids not to post every last photo they take? Then practice the same restraint yourself, she says in a great article about “picture day.” In it, Heitner challenges parents with children older than 9 to “not share another picture of them. That is, until you ask their permission.” Doing so, she says, not only models good boundaries and self control, but also teaches our kids that their image is their own, and not ours.
Read the full article here.