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'Sharenting' can impact children's future job prospects, damage self-esteem

The average 5-year-old has 1500 pictures of them online. How can that impact their future?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Parents tend to post about their children on social media but they may be posting too much.

A study found that the average 5-year-old has 1500 pictures of them online. Another New York Times study found that 90 percent of kids have an online presence by 2 years old. 

The trend, called 'sharenting,' can have more of an impact on a child's life than most people realize.

Parents may accidentally impact their children's future lives by posting pictures of them on social media since 84 percent of job recruiters use social media to determine if a candidate would make a good fit.

It does not matter whether a job recruiter found information about an applicant on their own social media account, or on their parents'. It can impact their decision about whether to hire them.

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A study by Microsoft also found that children whose parents posted about them on social media could have reduced self-esteem. It found that 42 percent of kids involved in the study had a problem with their parents posting about them online.

By 2030, 'sharenting' can also be a primary cause of over two-thirds of identity theft. Identity thieves can use the information they find online to steal someone's identity.

Parents can accidentally reveal names, ages and dates of birth from online posts. They can also reveal a person's place of birth, mother’s maiden name, schools, the names of pets, sports teams they support and photographs.

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All of that information can be used to hack into a person's online accounts.

To avoid sharing too much, parents can check the privacy settings on their social media accounts and make sure only trusted people can view the content on it. 

Most of all, they can think twice about what they share online.

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