Is 'Sharenting' Dangerous?

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Have you ever heard of "Sharenting?" 

According to Wikipedia, Sharenting is "...the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their children."

92 percent of kids under the age of two already have a digital footprint. One third of mothers, ages 18 to 34, created social media accounts for their baby before the child’s first birthday.

And it's becoming a major safety issue, specifically when it comes to identity theft. 

Consumer Reports says posting your kid’s name, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, and location is enough to open a credit card or bank account in your kid's name.

This comes from WFLA.com, check out their report...

This got me thinking of my 3 year old. I post pics and video of him all the time for you all to see. After all, I consider you all part of my family. But I have rules.

No bath time pics or anything like that. 

No real time travel pics.

I try not to post something that's embarrassing and focus on cute stuff. 

But how will Rory feel about this when he gets older? This is a question I think very few parents have asked themselves. I haven't either. 

Our kids basically have NO SAY. And that's kind of... wrong. Isn't it? It's one thing to have an album of pictures like our parents did of us. It's another to have that album on a Facebook page that hundreds, if not thousands, of people can see. That's not album, it's a public record. 

I wonder how our kids will feel about this later in life. I wonder if my son will be angry, especially because I am a public figure who has MANY of his pictures out there.

Here's our conversation from this morning's show... 

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