New research has found that parental figures who often share photos of their children on social networking sites are typically more permissive and have confident parenting styles.
The findings were part of a study by UCF and Indiana University in which nearly 500 parents were surveyed about their social media habits.
What the authors determined: “The study found most parents surveyed were comfortable sharing photos and with others resharing their photos.”
“Most parents felt relatively comfortable with other adults sharing their children’s photos and anticipated the child would enjoy the photos posted, rather than be embarrassed by them.”
“The study raises important questions about ensuring comfort and privacy of young children as they are introduced to social media. Research in this area also aims to help parents who use this mode of communication for support raising their children,” the authors also determined.
The results were published by the Association for Computing Machinery: Computer Supported Cooperative Work.