When Laura and Santiago became the parents of Gabriela, her first daughter, her first reaction was to take a photo of her to “upload” her to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks. The proud grandparents, uncles, cousins, and friends did the same. Thus, a significant number of people, known and unknown to the family, saw the first minutes of the child’s life, without even being able to notice it.
How safe is it to expose babies to social networks?
With advances in technology, it is common for photos or messages on social networks to become the most effective way to communicate with the world. But how safe can it be to expose small ones to public scrutiny in social networks, where information is available to anyone without adequate privacy conditions?
A recent study by Internet security company AVG reports the tendency of parents to post pictures of their children on different social networks even before their birth.
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The most important findings of this research, which included surveys in the United States, Europe, New Zealand and Japan, were:
More than 80% of infants younger than two years already have information available on the Internet. In the United States, the figure rises to 92%.
Twenty-three percent of infants have been on the Internet since before their birth, as their parents posted images of their ultrasound imaging during pregnancy.
In the United Kingdom, 37% of newborns live online from birth. The figure rises to 41% in Australia and New Zealand.
The 7% of infants and children under 2 years have an email account set up by their parents and 5% have their own profile on a social network.
For two people who have become parents, it is almost inevitable that they want to share their happiness with the rest of the world. But are we really sharing our lives and our children’s lives with the right people?
And it is that virtual dangers also exist: cases of extortion and bullying with the information shared on the Internet is common these days, in which the network does not seem to provide any security for content we share in it.
The idea then is to be wary of what we share in social networks. Therefore, we recommend:
Review privacy in social networks and modify security policies so that information is shared only with people of extreme confidence.
Avoid revealing private information such as phones, cell phones and other data that can put the privacy of children and the whole family at stake.
Remind our family and friends of their prudence in sharing photos of our children, especially those who are minors.
Take care of the image and privacy of our children. In the future, we will be grateful.
Do you agree with the issue of children’s privacy on the Internet?