Is "Facebook Parenting" Fair To Your Kids?
Will putting every picture and cute story about your kids online benefit THEM? Here are some things to consider before you make the next post.Playlist
Today’s kids are the first generation to be celebrated from day one by their parents and grandparents on the Internet, with tons of pictures and posts being shared daily on Facebook and Twitter chronicling every childhood achievement, milestone, and mistake. The trend even has a name: “Facebook Parenting.” But ask yourself: Is this fair to your kids?
It’s natural to want to be a “Facebook Parent” because sharing about your kids helps create and maintain ties with relatives and friends, especially those who live in another time zone.
But consider this: You’re documenting your child’s most private and personal moments online for the whole world to see without considering whether they’ll be comfortable down the road having all that information floating around. In fact, you’re literally denying your child the chance to decide what they’d like to keep private and what’s okay to make public. Once something is posted to a Social Network or the Internet, it's posted forever.
Bottom line: A potentially embarrassing story won’t faze a toddler, but how will it affect a tween or teenager? Or what will a potential employer, college admissions counselor, or bank loan officer think about what they find when they search your child, which is being done routinely? And experts say that "running an online profile" on people will become common for everything from doing a check before dating someone to letting them volunteer for a charity.
Meaning, that everything you post will be searchable and findable by your child’s future friends, dates, schools, and employers, and just about anyone else.
Something to think about before you post a comment or picture of your child online.