Please refresh the page and retry. A new study says that by the time the average child is five, its parents have posted 1 , images of him or her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like. This feels like a woeful underestimate. Some hint of how these children will feel about all of this in the future comes from Austria this week, where an year old unnamed woman is suing her parents to force them to remove childhood pictures of her her from Facebook.
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O n the day of the climate strike last year, my mother proudly shared a photo of my sister and me holding our picket sign on her public Instagram account with a couple of hundred followers. It was a social media blow-up that we had never asked for, and could never have imagined. But mum had asked for our OK to post the photo, so while it was far from pleasant, we were able to withstand the abuse because we both felt confident in the way we were portrayed. My mother, like an increasing number of parents, is no stranger to posting what seems like every event in the lives of me, my sister and our dog to her social media followers. Mostly our dog. This is all harmless, and will be nice to look back on one day.