What’s ‘Sharenting’ & are you guilty of it?
Posted by: Sue Atkins
I’m chatting on BBC Radio Berkshire to Anne Diamond about a new survey about whether it is right to post photos of your children on to social media.
Ofcom reported that just over half of parents it surveyed said they avoided what it termed “sharenting” altogether.
A desire to protect the privacy of under-18s was the most commonly given reason, it said.
But about one in five parents said they posted such images at least once a month, the regulator added.
The figures are contained in the organisation’s annual Communications Market Report
It is based on an online survey of 1,000 adults carried out in April by YouGov.
Ofcom suggested that posting family videos and photos to social media had become a “Marmite issue” – a reference to the opinion-splitting food spread.
In light of the findings, the NSPCC children’s charity urged parents to carefully consider the issues involved.
“Each time a photo or video is uploaded, it creates a digital footprint of a child which can follow them into adult life,” said a spokeswoman.
“It is always important to ask a child for their permission before posting photos or videos of them.
“For very young children, think about whether they would be happy for you to post or if it will embarrass them. If you aren’t sure, it’s best not to post.”
How often do you post?