What is 'sharenting' and should we be worried by it? Medical News Today

March 17, 2015 3:19 PM

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What is 'sharenting' and should we be worried by it? Medical News Today

Although most of us find videos and photos of kids doing funny things cute or entertaining, the researchers behind the report, the University of Michigan (U-M) C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, note a dark side to sharing this kind of information about children online.

For instance, there is an extreme phenomenon called "digital kidnapping," which involves strangers hijacking online images of children and presenting them as being their own children within their social media - often creating elaborate, fictitious parallel lives for these children.

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