This paper examines how parents share photos, videos and information about their children on social media websites, called sharenting. COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act is mentioned specifically because it does not protect children’s online presence from their parents. Multiple types of sharenting are examined such as; posts for family and friends to view, informational blogs and posts, punishment posts, and YouTube vlogging, or blogging in a video format. Vlogging is dissected by studying three different family vlog YouTube channels and the content that they create. The confidence and sense of self worth of children whose parents participate in sharenting is discussed as well as both present and future repercussions of these posts. Additionally, threats to children’s safety are looked at from how schools, activities and addresses are sometimes available to find on parent’s profiles on websites like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. As well as safety risks, there are often risks of bullying for the child because of the often sensitive nature of these posts. All of these have the potential to be very detrimental to children and their emotional development.

Keywords: Sharenting, vlogging, family vloggers, punishment posts, social media


Fall 2020


Sharenting, Social Media, Parenting, Family Vloggers, Vlogging, YouTube

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