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Don't Be A Sharent

🔶A recent post by Assam police on Twitter has been the talk of the town.

🔶The post used AI-generated images to caution parents who go overboard and share numerous pictures and videos of their toddlers or children and asked them to stop being a "sharent".

🔶It warned parents against indulging in sharing too many posts about their children on social media and destroying the kid's childhood.

❌Likes fade, but the digital scars on your child remain.

❌Children are not social media trophies.

❌Snapshots of innocence, stolen by the internet.

❌Don’t trade their privacy for social media attention.

❌Your children’s story, their choice to tell.

🔶The post emphasized that revealing too much information about children on social media posts could put them at risk of predators and scammers.

🔶Sharing details about your child on social media can have certain disadvantages, which include:

  1. Privacy and Safety Concerns: By sharing personal information about your child, such as their full name, birthdate, school, or location, you expose them to potential privacy and safety risks. This information can be exploited by malicious individuals for identity theft, cyberbullying, or even physical harm.

  2. Digital Footprint: As your child grows older, the digital footprint created by the information you shared may become difficult to control. Embarrassing or sensitive content could resurface later in life, affecting their reputation or job opportunities.

  3. Consent and Autonomy: Children may not fully understand the implications of having their lives documented online from an early age. As they grow older, they may feel uncomfortable or resentful about their lack of consent and autonomy in shaping their online presence.

  4. Potential Exploitation: Shared photos and information about your child can be taken out of context or used for inappropriate purposes. It's challenging to control who sees and shares such content, leading to the risk of exploitation by individuals with malicious intent.

  5. Online Predators and Grooming: Oversharing details about your child's activities, interests, and routines can make them vulnerable to online predators and grooming attempts. Predators can use this information to gain their trust and manipulate them.

Remember that it's crucial to strike a balance between sharing moments with loved ones and protecting the privacy and safety of your child. When posting about children, it's wise to consider the potential long-term consequences and employ strict privacy settings on social media platforms.

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