Too much information? More than 80% of children have an online presence by the age of two

Bessant, Claire (2017) Too much information? More than 80% of children have an online presence by the age of two. The Conversation. ISSN 2201-5639

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Abstract

A toddler with birthday cake smeared across his face, grins delightedly at his mother. Minutes later, the image appears on Facebook. A not uncommon scenario – 42% of UK parents share photos of their children online with half of these parents sharing photos at least once a month.

Welcome to the world of “sharenting” – where more than 80% of children are said to have an online presence by the age of two. This is a world where the average parent shares almost 1,500 images of their child online before their fifth birthday.

But while a recent report from OFCOM confirms many parents do share images of their children online, the report also indicates that more than half (56%) of parents don’t. Most of these non-sharenting parents (87%) actively choose not to do so to protect their children’s private lives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M100 Law by area
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Claire Bessant
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 08:55
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 15:48
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/31891

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