Online photos warning
Parents who overshare photographs of their children could be putting them at risk of long-term mental health issues, experts have warned.
Internet safety experts are concerned about the growing number of so-called “sharenters” making money from their children’s photos via social media sponsorship.
Cyber Safety Solutions director Susan McLean said, at a recent school talk, a Year 2 student said “she couldn’t delete her Instagram because she was a brand ambassador”.
She said the trend could attract predators or create self-esteem issues for young people.
“It gives young children a false sense of self-worth and popularity,” Ms McLean said. “It’s worse than a beauty pageant as it’s out there for the whole world to see.”
Esafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said parents should not share their children’s photos on public accounts.
“Sharing images of your children online — often referred to as sharenting’— without their knowledge or consent may lead to problems for your child down the track, ranging from embarrassment to developing a poor understanding of consent and respect themselves,” Ms Inman Grant said.
“Parents should be aware of extremely concerning practices where perfectly innocent images of children, wearing swimwear for instance, can be harvested ... and placed in insidious online communities.”