Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Parents Posting Embarrassing Kid Videos

"The First Social-Media Babies Are Growing Up -- And They're Horrified"

I'm not a parent, so I've never had to wrestle with the issue of whether or not to post videos of offspring online. But I can see why some kids today aren't very excited about the social media posting decisions their parents made a few years ago
In the United States, parental authority supersedes a child’s right to privacy, and socially, we’ve normalized sharing information about and images of children that we never would of adults. Parents regularly divulge diaper-changing mishaps, potty-training successes, and details about a child’s first menstrual period to an audience of hundreds or thousands of people. There are no real rules against it. Social-media platforms have guidelines for combatting truly inappropriate content—physical abuse of minors, child nudity, neglect, endangerment, and the like. But uploading non-abusive content can be damaging, too, according to kids whose lives have been painstakingly documented online.