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Sharenting Puts Child’s Online Privacy and Safety at Risk

Those posts sometimes include their children's personally identifiable information, such as names, birthdates

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The researchers found evidence that women's feelings of vulnerability about being a mother are linked to their posting on social media. Pixabay

Sharenting – a parent’s habitual use of social media to share news and images about their children – puts the child’s online privacy and, potentially, safety at risk, warn researchers.

The researchers found evidence that women’s feelings of vulnerability about being a mother are linked to their posting on social media.

Those posts sometimes include their children’s personally identifiable information, such as names, birthdates, and photographs, showed the findings published online in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing.

The women who participated in the research articulated a variety of risk factors for vulnerability – a changing body, a changing view of self, new responsibilities associated with motherhood, demands of nursing, exhaustion, and issues such as postpartum depression or anxiety.

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Sharenting – a parent’s habitual use of social media to share news and images about their children – puts the child’s online privacy and, potentially, safety at risk, warn researchers. Pixabay

“Posting about their experiences and sharing personal information about themselves and their children served as a coping strategy, primarily related to seeking affirmation/social support or relief from parents stress/anxiety/depression,” the researchers wrote.

The research was carried out by Alexa K. Fox from the University of Akron and Mariea Grubbs Hoy from the University of Tennessee – both in the US.

The researchers suggest the need for enhanced governmental guidance to protect children’s online privacy from commercial entities.

They also suggest that parents need more education about the consequences of sharing their children’s personal information.

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“Today’s parents, many of whom grew up sharing their own lives on social media, may not comprehend the full impact and potential consequences of posting such information about their children,” the researchers wrote. (IANS)

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Practo Offers Free Online Consultation for Delhiites Pollution Victims

Operating on the principle of early diagnosis that can lead to better health outcomes, Delhites can use this service 24/7 to get in touch

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Practo's initiative is aimed at making Delhiites more proactive about their health and ensuring that no symptom goes undiagnosed. Pixabay

With pollution levels reaching alarming levels in the National Capital Region, people are facing various health concerns ranging from mild fever, cough and cold to severe discomfort and infections.

Practo Health Insights on Wednesday announced free online consultation with qualified doctors to ensure prompt medical attention to pollution-stricken Delhi-NCR.

Practo’s initiative is aimed at making Delhiites more proactive about their health and ensuring that no symptom goes undiagnosed.

Operating on the principle of early diagnosis that can lead to better health outcomes, Delhites can use this service 24/7 to get in touch with a qualified doctor instantly, anytime of the day.

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Practo Health Insights on Wednesday announced free online consultation with qualified doctors to ensure prompt medical attention to pollution-stricken Delhi-NCR. Wikimedia Commons

The service will be available for free till November 15, 2019 on Practo app and website.

“We have made quality doctors available for patients in Delhi over the last week to help people get timely medical assistance,” said Alexander Kuruvilla, Chief Healthcare Strategy Officer, Practo.

“We’ve made online consultations with quality doctors available for free for all Delhites; this would help ensure that patients get a qualified medical opinion and correct line of treatment, without any travel or extra cost,” Kuruvilla added.

Practo insights also revealed a 19 per cent increase in online doctor consultations since last week.

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It has also been observed that patients tend to delay their first medical interaction until the condition becomes critical. (IANS)