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Is it okay to share details about my child's life on social media?
What kinds of pictures should I avoid posting?
Am I taking away my kids' ownership over their future online footprint?
It has never been easier to share our lives online—from meals to selfies and relationship statuses to locations, information about our daily activities flows freely. But what about our right to share our kids' lives? In today's age of "sharenting", striking the right balance between engaging in online communities and respecting a child's privacy and safety can be difficult. In Growing Up Shared, Stacey Steinberg, law professor, mother, and expert on the intersection of social media and parenting, shares her insights. From her years of research, Steinberg outlines what parents should and should not feel comfortable sharing, while providing suggestions and ideas for a wide range of approaches, including:
How we can benefit from sharing, and how screens can connect us
The dangers of oversharing
How to model behavior online
The difference in how parents and kids view online sharing
The importance of educating kids about technology
Engaging, approachable, and with concrete takeaways for today's parents, Growing Up Shared investigates the benefits and risks of sharing our kids' lives on social media, and will help any parent decide on the right path for their family to follow in the online world.
"Growing Up Shared should be required reading for anyone who has ever posted images of their children or grandchildren on social media. Written by an expert on children's law who is also a mother of three young children, the book's goal is help families develop their own individualized guidelines for safe, constructive, and respectful online communication" — Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, author of The Ecology of Childhood: How Our Changing World Threatens Children's Rights
"Growing Up Shared is a roadmap to giving not only parents, but all of us insights on making educated decisions on what we share online. This book makes a perfect gift for any parent or expecting parent in today’s digital world." — Sue Scheff, author of Sham Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate
"This thoughtful, nuanced, balanced approach to a complex issue challenges parents to think from the perspective of their kids as they empower them to think and speak for themselves." — Nancy E. Dowd, author of Reimagining Equality: A New Deal for Children of Color
"Every family with an internet connection needs a copy of Growing Up Shared. When I start worrying about all the many questions around issues of kids, connection, and privacy, I turn to Stacey Steinberg for practical, real-world advice that doesn’t assume a generation of children is doomed because they have access to Snapchat et al.—and that asks us parents to worry about our own online lives as much as we worry about our kids." — KJ Dell’Antonia, author of How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute
"Growing up Shared empowers readers to be more empathetic parents and better role models. Read it now and save yourself from significant conflicts down the road." — Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World
"Finally, an engaging and judgment-free manual to help you figure out that elusive balance between sharing just enough and sharing too much. In Growing Up Shared Stacey Steinberg sorts through this emerging area of concern using both her years of research and her experience as a mom. Grab a cup of coffee, and check in with Steinberg for answers to your digital safety questions. You won’t regret it." — Katie Hurley, LCSW, author of No More Mean Girls and The Happy Kid Handbook
"Growing Up Shared should be required reading for anyone who has ever posted images of their children or grandchildren on social media. Written by an expert on children’s law who is also a mother of three young children, the book’s goal is to help families develop their own individualized guidelines for safe, constructive, and respectful online communication." — Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, author of The Ecology of Childhood: How Our Changing World Threatens Children’s Rights
"Every parent should read Growing Up Shared! [The author] presents a balanced look at the pros and cons of sharing our lives online and offers practical ideas for raising social media–savvy kids." — Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC, author of Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond—and How Parents Can Help
"Growing Up Shared is an incredibly useful resource for anyone raising children in the social media age… This book serves as a useful resource as [parents] seek to protect their children’s digital footprints in our increasingly connected world." — Alexa Fox, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Akron
"Stacey [Steinberg] navigates this complex field, while providing countless examples and approaches so each parent can decide what works best for them (and their family)." — Andrew Galligan, MD
"Everyone has different comfort levels on what they choose to share online, and…the author…arms the reader with tools on how to share smart and how to better control the narrative." — Marla Neufeld, assisted reproductive attorney
"Growing Up Shared points out one harsh reality for parents to consider…our kids can’t opt out. Stacey Steinburg provides the reader with a set of considerations that parents must reflect upon when determining how much to share online...an essential tool to assist today’s parent." — Harrison P. Pinckney IV, PhD, Assistant Professor, Clemson University