Digital Footprints before Birth??

October 21, 2010

AVG have conducted some very interesting research summarised in the AVG Nursery  Infographic.

Babies and Children born now will have a much easier time accessing a ‘dossier’ of their life history as parents seem to share so much more information about young family members online.

What traditionally has been photos or antenatal scans included in baby books or family albums are now being increasingly posted and shared online. I’m sure most young people cringe when they go back home at a later stage only for the ‘bottom drawer’ family albums and mementos to come out! But what if they were online from the beginning? Thanks mum! But some parents or carers might not see any harm in what they are doing…….now.

This might seem to be on the face of it, fairly amusing, but what happens when the picture of home life isn’t so rosy, children become abused or stalked later in life, what if  they become looked after or for what ever reason need to be protected for someone harmful. What if they go on to be famous, wish not to have a public life etc? Just a few issues that could be considered when discussing this.

The full article about this research can be found here, courtesy of AVG. I’m particularly thankful to them for producing the infographic and allowing it be used freely.

We would recommend this is added to any internet safety evening presentations for parents / carers you might be developing. We will include this aspect in our Internet Safety and Responsible Use Training courses.

The use of social networks has had a major impact for adoptive families,  communications with birth families previously carefully managed through agencies has been become increasing difficult due to the ease of people tracing and contacting family members through social networking sites.

Two really helpful books have been produced by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) if you wish to know more.

Facing up to Facebook, A Survival Guide for Adoptive Families

Social Networking and Contact, How social workers can help adoptive families.

Thanks also to my colleague Ollie Bray he highlighted the AVG research too on his recent blog