Media psychologists warn of the risks of parents disclosing too much information about their children on social media
While most posts are probably harmless, psychologists point out, others have the potential for harm. Posting personal details could put a child at risk of identity theft or make it possible such information could wind up in the hands of someone with unscrupulous motives, says Alvord.
Less clear, but still concerning, is how parental oversharing might interfere with a child’s sense of privacy and trust. “It can come back for kids to really be resentful of what their parents posted,” Alvord notes.
So far, there’s little research to suggest how a parent’s Facebook updates or Twitter posts might affect a child’s well-being
With that in mind, clinicians can share some common-sense rules of thumb to help their clients think before they post.