Most Kids Have an Online Presence by Age 2

>Allow me to introduce you to sharenting, a new phenomenon highlighted in a recent article from Time magazine. More and more parents are creating online presences for their children. In fact, 92% of kids in the U.S. have an online identity by age 2, and American parents share almost 1000 photos of their child by the time the kid is 5 years old. As Nancy Jo Sales explains, “Sharenting has given parenting a whole new dimension: viewer-rated performance.”

>Kids grow up with their parents sharing photos, so it’s only natural for this culture of sharing to rub off on them, too. However, it’s not always a good thing, as many young girls resort to posting provocative photos of themselves to get likes and attention through social media. “If building a social-media presence is similar to building a brand, then it makes a twisted kind of sense that girls—­exposed from the earliest age to sexualized images, and encouraged by their parents’ own obsession with self-promotion—are promoting their online selves with sex,” says Sales. “In so doing, they’re also following the example of the most successful social-­media celebrities.”

>Sales doesn’t have a solution to the issue of oversharing; she’s merely bringing it to the public’s attention, but something should be done. I didn’t have the best high school experience, and I can’t imagine what it must be like for today’s kids to have their awkward years broadcasted on Facebook.

>Learn more about this topic by reading Sales’s American Girls.

>What do you think about sharenting?