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  • Have you guys heard of the term sharenting?

  • -No. -Er, sharenting? No.

  • Sharing about being a parent?

  • Those parents that share everything about their children online?

  • Sharenting.

  • It's something that I do quite regularly to be honest.

  • People come to this country, they haven't been back,

  • they have kids and make their life here.

  • Some of my family back home have never seen them before.

  • If I didn't put them on social media they wouldn't see them.

  • Sometimes I get really embarrassed

  • when my mum posts stuff on her Facebook page

  • or her Instagram or whatever, very embarrassing.

  • Very.

  • -Very? -Mmm.

  • They might not want their friends to see them that way.

  • They want to have some kind of control over their image.

  • There's a famous case of Gwyneth Paltrow

  • posting a picture of her daughter Apple and it was a selfie.

  • There was nothing really, you would think, contentious about it,

  • yet her daughter complained about it.

  • Wow, I'd be in trouble.

  • They're posting about people who are not themselves

  • and that could impact us when we go out into the real world

  • and try to get a job, for example.

  • There is an element of trust there between a parent and a child

  • I'm not comfortable with my face being shown

  • without me knowing what actually I'm being perceived as on their platform.

  • It may not seem like something which is particularly significant.

  • It may be very personally upsetting to individuals

  • what parents put up on the internet.

  • For people of our generation,

  • your online identity isn't so much seen as separate

  • from your real-life identity but just an extension of it.

  • Social media profiles are identity projects.

  • I don't think that the government as well as parents

  • should take control over our online identities

  • because it is a part of who we are

  • and we use our posts and stuff like that to express ourselves.

  • -It draws attention to

  • the kind of complex everyday work that those posts are doing

  • which are not about showing off.

  • Sharenting isn't new. Those of us that can remember cringy moments

  • seeing kids' photo albums handed around to friends and family

  • know all too well that this is a fairly fundamental urge

  • on behalf of parents to share their pride about their children.

  • It's a way of showing that you're doing that parenting.

  • What is new about sharenting in the digital context is of course that

  • we are leaving a fairly extensive and lengthy digital stream

  • of photos, comments, stories.

  • We didn't want to invade her privacy, even though she's just a baby.

  • That's going to stay online forever.

  • Any image you post now is going to be on the internet forever

  • and then we don't know what's going to happen in the future

  • with things coming up like deepfake

  • and you're just giving your kid's image away.

  • Especially now with face-recognition software

  • by posting facial images online

  • you're helping them create a database.

  • You don't know how these images that you've posted are going to be used.

  • Unfortunately we have paedophile groups who will literally

  • sort of scan videos to take out single shots

  • which seem to expose parts of a child's body or--

  • And that's a horrifying thought

  • so I think a lot of this is about education and changing social norms.

  • One of the strategies that I use is

  • taking pictures of them when they're not actually facing the camera

  • so you can't see her face.

  • These new digital tools enable us to look back on

  • nice moments from our child's early days,

  • early years, development, etc.

  • Funny little things that you write on there and then it's like,

  • "Oh yeah that happened then, like a whole year ago."

  • It's pretty good to let all her friends know that

  • I did this, oh, I went to this school and like,

  • knowing that, oh like, I'm really happy.

  • If sharenting is done in a responsible way

  • and it enables families to have conversations,

  • for example with their kids as they get older

  • about what you want to have online, how you portray yourself,

  • then actually I think it can be a really important step

  • towards keeping kids themselves safe

  • as they become digitally enabled adults.

Have you guys heard of the term sharenting?

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