Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk about Our Kids Online

Thursday, September 12th, 2019, 6 p.m.

Please join us for an informative launch event as Leah Plunkett exposes the digital dossiers that we accidentally compile on our children, ready for advertisers and worse, from before birth and long before they are old enough to make privacy choices online, and helps us choose an informed path for our children's private information, as she presents Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk about Our Kids Online. In this, she proposes simple steps parents can take to do what we’ve always done – protect our children.

Our children's first digital footprints are made before they can walk--even before they are born--as parents use fertility apps to aid conception, post ultrasound images, and share their baby's hospital mug shot. Then, in rapid succession come terabytes of baby pictures stored in the cloud, digital baby monitors with built-in artificial intelligence, and real-time updates from daycare. When school starts, there are cafeteria cards that catalog food purchases, bus passes that track when kids are on and off the bus, electronic health records in the nurse's office, and a school surveillance system that has eyes everywhere. Unwittingly, parents, teachers, and other trusted adults are compiling digital dossiers for children that could be available to everyone--friends, employers, law enforcement--forever. In this incisive book, Leah Plunkett examines the implications of "sharenthood"--adults' excessive digital sharing of children's data. She outlines the mistakes adults make with kids' private information, the risks that result, and the legal system that enables "sharenting."

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Event date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk about Our Kids Online Cover Image
By Leah A. Plunkett, John Palfrey (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780262042697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MIT Press - September 10th, 2019

From baby pictures in the cloud to a high school's digital surveillance system: how adults unwittingly compromise children's privacy online.