In recent Internet Safety Talks and Presentations I have been arguing that privacy doesn’t really exist anymore. I have lots of reasons why this might be the case but one of the points that I often put forward is that people give a lot of information away on social networking spaces. More importantly people give a lot of information away about other people on social networking spaces.
Related to this I came across this interesting piece of research on the AVG Blog which suggests that no child born in October 2010 will not have to go searching in family scrapbooks to find out about their early childhood. The reason for this is that lot of children are developing their first ‘digital footprints’ from a very early age due to their parents choosing to up-load information about their children on-line.
The research shows:
- The average age at which a child acquires an online presence courtesy of their parents is at six months, and by the time they are two 81% of children have some kind of ‘digital footprint’.
- A third (33%) of children have had images posted online from birth
- A quarter (23%) of children have even had their pre-birth scans uploaded to the Internet by their parents
- Seven per cent (7%) of babies have even had an email address created for them by their parents
- More than 70% of mothers said they posted baby and toddler images online to share with friends and family