I read an article in the news the other day entitled “Posting children’s photos on social media divides the nation.”
Apparently, and I quote from the article here: “Just over half of parents, it surveyed said they avoided what it termed ‘sharenting’ altogether.”
So this got me thinking- Aren’t all parents pro sharing images of their children on social media? I thought they were and my Facebook newsfeed can back me up on that one. However, from what I read, apparently, this isn’t the case. I can honestly say I’m shocked at that statement
So what is “sharenting?”
Sharenting is a term used to describe the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their children. Sounds pretty straight forward now it’s been explained.
So my question is…
To sharent or not to sharent?
Now as a Dad blogger, I am obviously pro sharing photos of my family, friends and children on social media. Let’s face it, my entire blog is based around it. So if there weren’t images of my children on there, I would just be some weird guy talking about being a parent.
After a little bit of research into the subject, I have come to the conclusion that there are three “sharenting” types:
The proud parents. These guys love their children dearly and would love their Facebook friends to know about it. They love to share photos of their family and friends and enjoy the interaction when people like and comment on whatever they’ve posted. They equally enjoy liking and commenting on photos of other peoples kids too, and think it’s amazing that they can feel part of their lives although their families are miles apart.
The privacy protectors. These guys are no less proud of their children, it’s just some parents are more cautious about sharing their photos online than others and believe they children’s privacy is paramount. They make a big point of not putting photos on Facebook and their kids are a human being and have the same right to privacy as anyone else. Some believe that at a young age children’s understanding of privacy isn’t on the same level as an adult.
The ones who are annoyed by oversharing. Some people have got over-sharing fatigue. Their Facebook timelines are filled with other people’s children, and they’ve had enough of it. They just don’t want to see it.
The kind of people who hate it when parents post things such as birthday messages when their kids aren’t old enough to even use Facebook, so won’t even see it. Why tell everyone else it’s their birthday or how proud of them you are when you could just tell them yourselves as they’re in the same house as you.
Where do I stand?
Even though my blog has only been active for a little over 2 months now, I have always been a massive advocate for all things social media and embrace the life style it brings. My blog started out by sharing photos of my two girls on Instagram. It was only after I’d built up a decent following did I decide to start a written blog.
In my view, you can have the best of both worlds. You can share content on social media, interact with people (which is what it was made) and still be safe. Every single word, every single image I put out there is carefully chosen and vetted by me to make sure it’s not indecent and it is appropriate for the blog or whether I just want it to go on my private accounts so only my friends and family can see it.
Whichever category you fall into, I’m not judging. I am a firm believer of “each to their own.” We all have different ideas about what is right and what is wrong, and when it comes to our children then that feeling is magnified a thousand times.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.