Social media and “sharenting” have created a new baby milestone: establishing an online presence.
A whopping 92 percent of kids in the United States have an online identity by age 2, according to Time magazine. It also said that American parents share almost 1,000 photos of their kids by the time they turn 5. The article, was adapted from the book “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Life of Teenagers” by Nancy Jo Sales, didn’t explain how it arrived at the figures.
The article said that in this new culture of sharing, young girls are at the greatest risk through the pressure to post intimate photos. A 14-year-old girl told Time that the pressure comes from the desire to get likes and attention through social media.
A Pew Research survey released in January found that 94 percent of parents of 13-to-17-year-olds have discussed what is and isn’t appropriate to post on social media. The Time story highlighted that a parent’s concern for their child’s safety is rooted in real safety issues, citing a recent abduction and murder of a teen who had been chatting with one of her killers on social messaging app, Kik Messenger.