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Your child’s privacy is worth more than likes

20 9 36

Israeli parents, like most parents in the world, love to share about their children online. Pictures of when the baby was just born or the first smile; a video with the first steps, the first visit to the swimming pool, parties, trips, family moments; then perhaps posts with funny stories, intriguing questions and even sensitive dialogues, such as when a teenager reveals to the parent that they were non-binary. This behavior even has a name: sharenting, or documenting your child’s life online.

It is everywhere, and as people notice that posts about children perform well – resulting in more likes, comments and shares – they continue with this behavior. The additional dopamine shot that comes with every positive interaction on social media seems almost irresistible, and “if everybody else is doing it, there is surely nothing wrong with that.”

I am a mother of three kids, also a lawyer and currently doing my PhD in privacy and data protection. Perhaps before being a mother, or before studying privacy more deeply, all these issues would seem to me very trivial and inoffensive. However, today I see it very differently. When parents share........

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