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Too cute not to post?: Sharing children’s photos online may put them at risk

Ivany Atina Arbi
Ivany Atina Arbi

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, October 31, 2019  /  08:25 am
Too cute not to post?: Sharing children’s photos online may put them at risk

Facebook and Instagram require everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. But in Indonesia, it is a trend among parents – including celebrities and influencers – to create their offspring’s Instagram account only days after the children are born. (shutterstock.com/Twin Design)

A 27-year-old mother, Amalina, could not resist the temptation to share the overwhelmingly cute activities of her 1-year-old son, Rabbani, with her family members and friends. She set up an Instagram account dedicated to her son, where she shared 180 photos and videos of her toddler to over 300 followers. “People who care about parenting and want to engage with Rabbani’s content could, therefore, follow his account,” she said. The Instagram account features Rabbani’s first attempt to crawl, walk and eat by himself. There is also this sweet moment of Rabbani going to the beach with his mother and father. Most of the posts have received dozens of likes. At a glance, there seems nothing wrong with parents sharing their children’s news and pictures online, also known as “sharenting”. But experts have warned that the posts may put children...