Creating a digital footprint

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!

Photo Credit: Jaro Larnos Flickr via Compfight cc 

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!

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10 Replies to “Creating a digital footprint”

  1. I like your approach! I think it would be interesting to hear about what people without children feel about this topic, it may add another dynamic to your final project. I think it would also be interesting to look what at platforms parents use the most and why (is it related to user-friendliness or is it simply because the photo is “deleted” after so many hours).

    I am looking forward to following your journal blog about your project!

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  2. I really like the plans for your project, and I am looking forward to following your journey. I fit into your “mom” category if you ever want to chat about navigating social media with your children – at least my approach to it!

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  3. As a Dad of 3 kids between the ages of 1-6 I have recently been very interested in topics like these. I would say we are quite conservative as a family as far as the amount of posts containing photos or images of our children. I’m not sure if we would be in the minority or majority. Some of our friends have created separate Instagram accounts for each of the children which are used as a digital photo album. I’ll be interested to read what you find out. Good luck!

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  4. I love this idea! My own daughter is 8 months old. I struggle with what I should post online and the fact that I am creating her online identity. I know I don’t have the answer but so far I try to only post pictures that I think she would be happy about showing her future friends. I post pictures where she looks happy and cute. Anything where she is upset (but still cute 😉) or those bathtub pics I keep to myself and if I want to share with family I do through text message so it stays off the internet. I like the idea that my friends and family from far away can see her grow up but I also try to keep my accounts with a high privacy setting and limit friends on my accounts. I look forward to hearing more about your project and might use some of your ideas to change the way I post myself.

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  5. This is such a great topic to explore. I am not yet a parent, but after reading that article it made me wonder how much of a digital footprint I would want for my children. I look forward to seeing what you find out.

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  6. This is a great topic and to be honest, I am not experienced with social media at all while my two teen-aged children are. As far as I know, what they have posted have been appropriate, yet I trust what they tell me without checking this. But with this lack of knowledge, we have not talked about appropriate use of technology. Any tips or advice for me? Another thought is do parents trust their children with what they are putting on their “stories” or do they constantly check in on this? I would be interested in a pole of how many parents check vs. how many don’t.

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    1. Hi Nina, I would love for you to fill out my quick survey since you have already experienced having children use social media https://goo.gl/forms/BzYRyFO7p0KtanJW2
      For my project I am mostly focusing on parents of young children and creating a digital identity (via posting pics of them online without their ability to give consent) but for the survey it is great to hear from someone who has been there, done that. I will definitely keep you posted on what I find!

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