What is the phenomenon of “sharing” that has gained strength among parents?


Sharenting is a new term created by combining two English words: share and parenting. It’s about a new phenomenon where parents bury social media with photos of their children.

Katarina Jonev

Author: Katarina Jonev

Lately, a large number of mothers are abusing when it comes to posting photos of their children on social media, especially on Instagram. They want to share every moment of a child’s life and upbringing with virtual friends, often without regard to the child’s intimacy. Here, I don’t mean the publication of the child’s face, the photos that refer to bathing, where the baby is without a piece of clothing, and, for example, the use of clothes, changing clothes. Photos like this have no place on social media, but on private parent albums. You never know who might see a photo and use abuse in different ways, especially when it comes to photos of a child without clothes.

Instagram reality

I was finishing the book Child Safety on the Internet – A Guide for Parents I was interested in the phenomenon of sharpening, so I contacted several “Instagram mom bloggers” who follow tens of thousands of followers and asked me if they were ever scared of where and for what purpose their children’s photos were. Most have never asked because they feel they are not doing bad things. One of them admitted to me that he was horrified when a woman who was following him on Instagram and his daughter Knez Mihailova approached him and took the baby by the hand.

One of the respondents made it clear to me that this is a kind of reality on social media – many mothers (I won’t sin my soul, but probably as a result of this TV show) live in a kind of reality. Instagram and therefore rigor. the desire for unnecessary revelation of intimacy, both of oneself and of the family and of the child. The problem of individuals is also a false sense of happiness through social media activities and the creation of a kind of alter ego.

During the coronavirus epidemic, social networks “exploded” because we are closed and limited in movement and seeing people, often because we work from home, or because we are bored and “die” from time to time.

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Let’s not forget that a large number of mothers make money by posting ads on social media, and the commitment also applies to children. The company that pays for the advertising has the right to use and distribute the child’s images through its PR channels. It may seem cruel, but some mothers are really willing to take a picture of a child, even if they are (half) naked, wrapping diapers or some other gift.

Photo abuse

Misuse of child photos for various purposes is an ongoing problem if the mother’s profile is open or public so that each social media user can see what kind of photos she posts.

Leaving ugly comments under children’s photos is unfortunately also a reality. The images of children without clothes already mentioned are a paradise for pedophiles and predators who use such photos to change their clothes, swim, in the pool, in the sea, in the yard because of their sick instincts! There are also those who “collect” such photos and then sell them to predators, thus making an economic profit.

Scherenting: The good sides?

Some parents and experts believe that the good side of sharpening is for friends and parents living abroad or in another city to see photos of the child and follow how they are doing day in and day out. In my opinion, there is once again a more suitable solution for this, and that is private messages, or messages via Viber or Whatsap applications.

Many parents put up pictures of their child without seeing their face, for example, painted on the back. There are also some stickers that can hide a child’s face (hearts are very popular, for example). After all, look at Novak Djokovic’s profile and you’ll see that it’s possible to share a photo, while at the same time preserving your child’s privacy! Djokovic posts photos of children on his Instagram profile, but you can’t almost see their faces at any time.

“Oh, that’s not going to happen to me.”

We often “suffer” from the “it won’t happen to me” syndrome. Only when there is a problem, an incident, when we get into trouble – do we look for a solution. We don’t do enough education and prevention, and it all starts there. Some parents do not want to accept advice when it comes to raising and raising a child because they do not need help and guidance. I strongly believe that only with proper education can we raise the world of Internet security, both for children and, in parallel, for parents.

The limit is in the hands of the parents, and the rights would be in balance — putting pictures, but not often, without endangering the child’s (digital) reputation, taking care of privacy, and not presenting too much information that could put the child at risk. security.

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