Child Rights Neglect in Social Media: Sharenting

Cimke S., Gurkan D. Y., Polat S.

GUNCEL PEDIATRI-JOURNAL OF CURRENT PEDIATRICS, vol.16, no.2, pp.261-267, 2018 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.261-267
  • Keywords: Social Media, Parent, Child Rights, Sharenting
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


In recent years, the use of social media among parents has increased rapidly. Before the children began to step, they have digital footprints through their parents' social media sharing. These rapidly increasing parental shares caused the concept of 'sharenting' derived from the words 'parenting' and 'share' to enter the literature. The social media, while providing some benefits to the parents, unconscious sharing can have potentially damaging children to follow up to adulthood. Parents unwittingly ignore their children's privacy, the right to be forgotten and can be instrumental in exploitation by others. There are a few sources of research and resources that will help parents recognize the impact of their sharing with their children and help them use healthy social media. The purpose of this article is to explore the possible legal solutions to this issue and to present a child-centered, public health-based proposal that parents will consider when sharing about their children and while at the same time protecting the child's rights and using social media without limiting parental freedom of expression.