As a mom-to-be, I have been thinking and reading about social media and my future child a lot. When I saw there was an option to design our own final project for this course, I immediately knew I wanted to look at how parents are making decisions about what they share about their children on the internet. I certainly don’t have the answers, but is a topic I think is worth exploring. There are two particular articles that speared a few questions for me. You can read the articles here and here.
One particular interesting piece to me from Blum-Ross’s article is the idea of creating a digital footprint for our children when they are born, or even before hand, that they have no say in the content. I want to be clear I am not saying this is necessarily the worst thing a parent should do, but I have noticed this discussion has yet to come up in the pregnancy books I have read, nor is it a topic in my prenatal course in February.
My goal for my project is to talk to friends and colleagues about how they decide what they post online about their children, and if they have any advice in regards to parenting and technology/social media. It would be great if I could find a mom who has a child old enough to have their own social media account and how they talk to their child about appropriate use of technology. (Any of my classmates fit this category?! If so, I would love to hear from you!) I am not sure I will come up with the answer that is best for myself, but having this conversation will at least be a start!
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Finally, I would like to see if parents feel there is a difference in posting about their child on their blog, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. I think these platforms are viewed differently, but I would like to explore this further as well.
In true adult education fashion, this project is directly related to my interests, self-directed as the project is designed by me, and I get to utilize my and my friends life experiences to lead my learning.
I plan to blog weekly about what I find, read, or discover for myself. I would love to hear from you if you have any recommended readings or your own experiences to share!