Social Media plays a huge part in everyone’s life. From the way we communicate, work, buy, and sell, social media contributes to it. And now with this emerging trend, social media is also playing a relevant role in parenting.
Sharing photos of your child on social apps is normal. After all, who doesn’t want to see a cute child smiling? But if parents are uploading their child’s photos daily as if this is their full-time job, that’s when sharenting happens.
Sharenting, a combination of the words sharing and parenting, is when parents are sharing too much information about their children on social media, usually in the forms of photos and videos.
Now how do you distinguish a ‘sharenting’ to a simple mother sharing her son’s photo? Well here are the signs if you’re becoming a ‘sharent’ or not:
5 Signs You’re Sharenting on Social Media
Presented below is a quick rundown of the signs. For further information, you can scroll down a much in-depth discussion:
- Are you posting your child’s photos or videos frequently?
- Are you sharing every moment, even the embarrassing ones?
- Have you created a social media account for your kid?
- Have you signed up for your child to “Cutest Baby” Contests
- Do you always have your phone with you, ready to take photos?
#1: Are you posting your child’s photos or videos frequently?
Take a look at your social network profile. Is it filled with your photos of your child? Check the dates, are you posting them daily? Weekly? By hour?
If you’re posting your child’s photo for about most of the week, then you’re most likely a sharent.
#2: Are you sharing every moment, even the embarrassing ones?
Are you posting even your kid’s awkward moments? Is your profile containing photos or videos of your child in the toilet, crying over something, or making a mess?
If you do, well, you are a sharent.
#3: Have you created a social media account for your kid?
If you’ve created an account for your child, and even pretended to be him/her (putting up his/her POV in the captions), then you’re absolutely a sharent. Note: Deactivate your child’s account, it’s his/her choice if he/she wanted to be active on social media.
#4: Have you signed up for your child to “Cutest Baby” Contests?
This is somewhat a grey area since there’s nothing wrong with joining on some fun social media contests. But if you’ve signed up your child for the 4th time on the “Super Cutie Contest 2019” and has asked your relative to like the picture of your daughter on messenger, then yes, you’re a sharent.
#5: Do you always have your phone with you, ready to take photos?
Are you always giddy to take photos of your kid, making sure you monitor his/her every move? If so, then you are, indeed, doing some sharenting.
It’s time to stop.
Instead of putting your child on the online world recklessly, set up healthy boundaries for the things you’re posting about your child. Check more about it here: The Rise of Sharenting: Are Parents Sharing Too Much on Social Media?
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