Study: New Moms May Be Vulnerable To ‘SHARENTING’

Your parents may have bragged to their co-workers about you, but times are different now. Parents can take to social media any time of day and brag about whatever their heart desires. Unfortunately, this can turn into “sharenting,” or a parent’s habitual use of social media to share news and images about their children. University of Akron researchers found that a woman’s feelings of vulnerability about being a mother are linked to their posting on social media– and those posts sometimes include sensitive information about their child, including names, birth dates, and photographs. The researchers suggest enhanced governmental guidance to protect children’s online privacy from commercial entities, and that parents need more education about the consequences of sharing their children’s personal information.