Parents Negatively Impact Their Children’s Future When they Post Online

Sergei VolfCyber Bullying and Online Harassment, Helpful Tips

Parents Over Share Social Media

Parents Create a Digital Footprint for Their Children

It’s estimated that by 2030, nothing about your child will remain private. The bank Barclays released a report in May 2018 saying identity theft of children will increase by up to 74 million instances by 2030. In the first blog post of this series, we discuss how to avoid ads and tips to stop the data collection process.

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Generation Z and Generation Alpha are the first generations to be born into social media and online sharing. Parents of Gen Z and Alpha might have heard their parents, professors, and University career centers beg them to not share everything on social media.

But has this stopped them from sharing almost every aspect of their child’s life online? Their ultrasounds, births, first steps, first words, to morning routines and school recitals. Parents are allowing the internet to collect as much information about their child as possible — before their child has a choice in the matter.

Potential Risk of Sharing Information of Your Children Online

Data breaches continue to creep up on us and Google and Facebook are no strangers to the problem. Recently, in Sept. 2018, Facebook announced a breach that affected almost 50 million people. In a “Hold My Drink” moment, Google announced its Google+ platform was hacked.

A Nov. 2018 report titled “Who Knows What About Me,” was published by England’s Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield. The report focuses on how big tech companies are collecting data on children and what the potential risks are. However, there are ways to opt out of ads and how companies see you online.

Barclays reports that this type of sharing and parents is called “Sharenting.” Barclays defines “sharenting” as the overuse of parents sharing content based on their children. Barclays Bank does not recommend that parents share information about their children online. This is due to the risk of fraud and identity theft. In most cases, parents share their maiden names, while sharing addresses, birth dates and more. All of this information is used to establish authenticity for online accounts.

Cyberbullying and Sharenting

Parenting, in general, is difficult. No one will argue that, but cyberbullying can make it even harder. Think of the days when you were growing up and your parents brought out the naked baby bathtub pictures. You were embarrassed, right? Now imagine your parents sharing those exact same pictures on social media for their hundreds, even thousands of friends to see. Horrifying.

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Oversharing pictures of your children online might not be seen as a privacy violation. However, when a child enters school and their peers and peers’ parents have social media accounts, those pictures are available. Social media continually barrels along like a train without breaks. What you post today, could lead to bullying of your child in the future.

Digital Footprints and the Job Search

What you say on social media today, or even years ago can get you fired from your job or prevent you from being hired. An example is the Cleveland Clinic doctor who had a series of anti-semitic tweets that spanned from 2011 to 2018. Posts about your children can hurt their chances of landing a future job. Right now, virality and the thought of a YouTube video where your child bites their brother’s hand might seem like a good idea. Twenty years from now? How will the comments on the video, social media impact, and more affect their chances in the real world?

Conclusion

Cyberbullying, data leaks, fraud, and identity theft are always serious. Oversharing on social media, plethoras of accounts, and other tools make it easier than ever to cause digital torment. Fortunately, SecureForensics has the talent and tools to help with all of these. If you experience any type of online bullying, fraud, or worse, call us for a free phone consultation at 1-800-288-1407.