Born With A Digital Profile
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Trend Micro is an organisation supporting our vision of making the world safe for exchanging digital information. It aspires to make a difference by using its 20+ years of expertise in developing world-class security software for homes and businesses to make the world at large a better place. One of the ways it does this is through a commitment to make the Internet a safer place for young people around the world and has recently highlighted lots of interesting developments in the digital era to execute that commitment.
It flags when parents are setting up Twitter accounts for their babies, sometimes at birth, hoping to give them “a little voice in the loud world of social media.” Harper Estelle Wolfeld-Gosk has 6,282 Twitter followers; she's two weeks old and the daughter of Today show correspondent Jenna Wolfe and NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk. Harper‘s Twitter account was registered at birth by her mums and her tweets are pretty funny. We are now living in a world with a generation that is used to sharing everything on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. These platforms are begging us to share, and parents are taking that invitation very seriously.
So, while some parents are tweeting on their kids’ behalf, others are posting lots about their children on Facebook. Many babies are making their photographic debuts on social media within an hour of their birth, according to research from the U.K. The poll, by print site www.posterista.co.uk surveyed 2,367 parents of children aged five and under, aiming to discover the impact social media has had on the way new parents share information and images of their offspring. On average, images of more than two-thirds of new-borns now appear online within 60 minutes, while the birth of England's Prince George encouraged 74% of parents to increase the amount of baby and children snaps they uploaded. The most popular outlets for displaying these images were Facebook, Instagram and Flickr.
The fact that a picture of the average new-born is now online within an hour highlights the impact social media has had on our lives in the past five years, and how prevalent these pages are in helping to keep loved ones informed on the special occasions in our lives, such as the birth of a new child. While this could be seen as positive, there is also a downside concerning privacy. Some children will now become more accustomed to being monitored on social networks. Glendale Unified School District in California is paying $40,500 to Geo Listening to collect and analyse all public social media posts of its 13,000 middle and high school students, regardless of where it was posted.
We are all becoming increasingly aware and concerned about our online privacy. A new study by Pew says 50 per cent of people surveyed are concerned about what can be found about them online—59 per cent believe it’s no longer possible to be completely anonymous!
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