Sharenting Risks: Fingerprint Without Consent

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There are many people who day after day do not hesitate to publish photographs, information or videos of their children on the Internet so that everyone can see how they are evolving. This phenomenon has been baptized with the name of sharenting, a term formed by share (sharing) and parenting (paternity).

According to the latest study carried out by EU Kids Online 2019, it is observed that 89% of Spanish parents share information about their children once a month, more or less. This type of publication is generating a digital footprint for children, even long before they are born.

Risks of ‘sharenting’
The fact that these minors have a “digital album” of their most anecdotal experiences can be positive as well as negative. And the thing is that the Internet involves risks of which many times we are not aware, since at the moment in which content is published or sent, it is no longer in control of its reach.

Among the most common risks are being victims of fraud, cyberbullying and even pedophilia. Also, this information may imply a lack of trust in minors since their privacy is taken away. In fact, 42% of minors are ashamed of what their parents upload to the network.

At the European level there are already a large number of sentences that force families to delete photographs of their children published on the network. In countries like France, there are penalties ranging from € 45,000 fine to 1 year in jail for publishing images or intimate details of the lives of their children. However, in Spain, the decision to upload a photo of your children to a network belongs to the sphere of parental authority, that is, the publication is presupposed by the consent of the legal representatives of the minors or the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

From Qustodio, a digital security and well-being platform for families, they recommend protecting the privacy of minors and having greater digital responsibility through these tips:

Preserve the privacy of minors: it is important not to give personal data in publications to respect the privacy of the minor, as well as to pixelate their face and that they always come out dressed.
Maintain open communication: to avoid problems and insecurities, it is important that there is good communication with minors and that there is consensus before publishing or sending.
Privacy settings: it is essential to check the privacy of the platforms in which there is activity to know if the publications are visible to the whole public or simply to family and friends. The ideal would be to limit access and opt for a private profile in these cases.
Location and geolocation: when a photo is published and an exact address is added of where the minor is – the school where he / she studies, the home or the place of vacation – data is being provided that could put the minor’s safety at risk.

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