Pros and cons of online sharenting

The trend of parents constantly posting photos and information about their children online has been termed “sharenting.” Dr. Natoshia Cunningham, an assistant professor of behavioral medicine and clinical psychology explains concerns regarding this trend.

In a recent interview, Dr. Cunningham cited a survey that found half of mothers and a third of fathers use online forums to discuss parenting. In the survey, a majority of parents also reported using social media to share questions and issues about their children.

About 92 percent of 2-year-olds in the United States already have an online footprint, according to a 2010 survey by the internet security firm AVG. Dr. Cunningham explains that some of the risks associated with sharenting include short-term privacy concerns and long-term consequences for kids.

To read more about this trend or to watch Dr. Cunningham’s interview, visit Fox 19.

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