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Children put in danger by parents oversharing

‘Thomas just used the potty for the first time’ or ‘aww Alice just lost her first tooth’

 

Something many of us would have witnessed on our social media news feeds – friends and family bragging about their children.

One mother in Australia received an anonymous letter from a group of ‘friends’ asking her to stop posting so many photos of her baby on Facebook.

Jade Ruthven from Perth, Australia, was given the note from the group telling her they were sick of her updating her profile with info about baby girl Addison.

The printed letter, littered with expletives and capital letters, said they couldn’t wait for her to go back to work so she wouldn’t have as much time to go on Facebook and that they are “SO OVER” the running commentary of Ms Ruthven’s life.

It adds: “Look we all have kids that we are besotted with – guess what – every parent thinks their child is the best. But we don’t ram it down everyone else’s neck!!!”

“She crawls off the mat – we DON’T care!!!!! She’s 6 months old – BIG DEAL!!!”

While many mums and dads post images of their child smiling into the camera, covered in food or saying something cute, it could be dangerous for your child in the long run.

A recent survey of social media awareness, conducted by the University of Michigan, found that over 74 per cent of respondents said they knew of another parent who has shared too much information about a child on social media.

Fifty one per cent of parents offer up personal information alongside their photos that could identify a child’s location, with 27 per cent sharing inappropriate pictures of their baby.

Over half of mothers and one-third of fathers discuss parenting on social media.

And, according to a poll by photo website Posterista, pictures of newborns appear online within an hour of birth.

It surveyed 2,367 parents of children 5 and under and found the average time it took to share their newborns’ first photo on a social media site was just 57.9 minutes.

Seventy-seven percent of baby photos appear on the parents’ Facebook page, with Instagram trailing behind at 48 percent.

It is important to stay safe online and think about what you are posting for others to see.

Make sure you have checked your privacy and location settings and also check that you are only sharing pictures and content with people you actually know, not the wider public.

For more advice and information visit: www.getsafeonline.org

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