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BY THE SPANISH DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY : For A Responsible Sharenting, Also In Summer

BY THE SPANISH DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY : for a responsible sharenting, also in summer

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It is increasingly common to share photos and family videos of minors on the net, a practice is not without risks, which requires thinking before publishing this type of content.

Sharenting can have negative consequences and therefore must be done responsibly, valuing the potential pros and cons at all times

Sharing paternity or sharenting (the union between the terms share and parenting) is human and understandable. Not long ago it was customary to take from the wallet the pictures of the children/ ace to show the beauty and pride of the family. With the social networks many people have found in these platforms the ideal place to publish photos and videos of different moments of the life of minors, accompanied by comments (among which you can find the name or age…), helping to feed your fingerprint without counting on your children not agreeing tomorrow.

A study by the University of Michigan reveals that more than 50% of parents upload pictures of their children that might be embarrassing to them. Another study in the United Kingdom shows that parents would have posted an average of 13,000 videos or photos of their son or daughter on social media before she turned 13, while an AVG report warns that the picture of 8 out of 10 babies is on the Internet before they are 6 months old.

Sharenting grew exponentially during confinement and its practice is common with the arrival of holidays, so it is important to reflect before publishing this type of content on the net. For this, it is worth remembering the campaign ’10 reasons for responsible sharenting’, launched by PantallasAmigas with the collaboration of the Spanish Data Protection Agency, which addresses the issues that parents should take into account before uploading images to the Network.

Ten reasons for responsible sharenting

  1. You have an obligation to take care of their image and privacy, not the right to make arbitrary use of them. Minors have rights that must be specially protected.
  2. Your child does not gain anything by publishing the images. Although it may not affect him or her negatively, the balance will rarely be positive.
  3. There may be different criteria on what and how images of minors are shared by their parents. When parents are not partners, sharenting can be a cause of conflict.
  4. You may not be aware of how those images are being disseminated. It is not always easy to understand and manage the logic and privacy management changes of social networks.
  5. There are other safer ways to share images. It is necessary to limit who to share information with and choose the appropriate platform.
  6. More information is usually shared than can be seen with the naked eye. An innocent image can contain important context details and even geolocation.
  7. By sharing the images with others, they can assume that it means they can post them and that the images are not as private. Unintentionally, directly or indirectly, they can expand the reach and even make it public.
  8. What you post is beyond your control forever. When something appears on a screen, it is susceptible to capture and reuse.
  9. Sharing images of other people without their consent can be a breach of data protection regulations. It’s not a good example for anyone, especially minors.
  10. On extreme occasions, the safety of family members may be compromised. In cases of victimization of minors, there are threats against third parties that may become enforceable.

SOURCE: AUTORITA’ PER LA PROTEZIONE DEI DATI DELLA SPAGNA – AEPD

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