Do Parents Share Too Much Information Online?

As the Internet is becoming a crucial part of younger generations, the ‘privacy talk’ is something more and more parents are having with their kids.

The usual rules are don’t talk to strangers, and don’t give out your name, address, telephone number, school, city, etc. But it’s not a one-way street. What about parent’s who don’t follow their advice?

Parents may think nothing of uploading photos, blog posts, and tweets about themselves and their kids, often times with names included, but they have an audience watching them, just as their kids do.

Some examples of this are parents who upload YouTube videos of their children doing hilarious and outrageous things. If it creates enough hype to form a fan-base, the audience will want more, and you might feel obliged to obey. People think your kids are adorable, and they are! But it does provide people insight to your lives. It’s not necessarily a bad thing; sometimes a fan-base allows you to gain enough support to raise money for charities, or even launch a career (eg. Justin Bieber).

But remember what you tell your kids, and be careful with how much you share!

Nimritta Parmar

Nimritta is a third year student at Simon Fraser University, studying English and Communications. She's a Facebook rat (AKA master procrastinator), and being a student for the last 16 years of her life means that she has education on the brain! (perhaps you've noticed?)