Parents who share photos of children on social media tend to have a friendly parenting style, study finds

April 16, 2022 2:29 p.m. STI

Orlando Florida) [US]Apr 16 (ANI): According to a new study, parents who share photos of their children on social networking sites tend to have a more friend-like parenting style and allow their children to use social media at a later date. younger age.
The results of the study have been published in the journal “Computing Machinery”.
These parents also tend to share messages beyond small networks of family and friends, regularly posting to more public networks, which raises privacy and security concerns. The results also showed that parents don’t see parental sharing as much different from regular photo sharing and rarely ask their young children for their input.
“There is no doubt that many parents are very careful about what they share online about their children. And there are significant benefits to sharing photos with grandparents and groups who can offer a support and help keep families connected. But we need to be aware of some of the privacy issues when sharing information about children online and conduct further research to determine the long-term impacts. All of this is still so We’re still learning,” said Mary Jean Amon, an assistant professor in the School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training (SMST) at UCF who is one of the study’s researchers.
The UCF research team surveyed 493 parents who regularly use social media and have children under the age of 10.
“We wanted to examine what parents consider private when it comes to sharing information about young children online and the perceived risks,” Amon said.
“We were surprised. Unlike previous research that highlights significant benefits of parental sharing, our study finds that such sharing of children’s photos is associated with permissive parenting styles. This means that parental sharing is linked to the fact that parents have friendlier relationships with their children and offer less guidance than other parents. Notably, permissive parenting has been linked to problematic internet use in children,” she added.

The research team’s findings also suggest that parents do not distinguish between parental sharing (sharing photos of their children) and general sharing of photos on social media and therefore may be underestimating the unique risks involved. sharing photos of children online and early engagement of children on social media. age.
The study found that most parents surveyed were comfortable sharing photos and sharing their photos with others. Most parents felt relatively comfortable with other adults sharing their children’s photos and anticipated that the child would appreciate the photos posted, rather than be embarrassed by them.
Although the Children’s Online Privacy Act provides many rules to protect children, the data does not lie and shows that many children interact with social media at an early age. Social media platforms have a minimum age for use (13), but without a verification system, it’s not uncommon to see children – some very young with their own YouTube channels or TikTok accounts.
About a third of parents of children ages 7 to 9 said their children use social media apps through phones or tablets, according to the 2021 CS Mott Children’s Hospital National Health Survey. About half of parents with children aged 10 to 12 said the same.
In the survey, the team asked about how often a parent posted their children’s photos, as well as their own social media activity.
Other questions focused on their children’s interests and behavior on social media, as well as how parents made the decision to post photos of their children. Participants had accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, TikTok, Myspace and Flickr, with most users favoring Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in that order.
The study raised important questions about the comfort and privacy of young children when introduced to social media. Research in this area also aims to help parents who use this mode of communication to support them in the education of their children.
“There are broader questions about children’s privacy in social media, where a central question remains as to how much autonomy and control children, including children of different ages, should have over their photos and information online,” Amon said. (ANI)

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