When's Your Baby's "Digital Birth" Day?


According to ABC NEWS, 92% of all two year-olds already have an “online identity.”  About 23% of children started their online lives before birth.

Apparently the average “digital birth” is six months. This is all according to a AVG Technologies survey of over 2000 mothers across several countries. Some babies have domain names assigned, others get email addresses or social networking identities. Some ‘go live’ in the form of posted sonogram pics and other personal information.

But ABC News asks, “before you go and make your child a digital denizen, you might want to consider the implications of a life entirely documented online.”

Siobhan MacDermott, a spokeswoman for AVG said, “When they apply for a job, when they apply for school… those bath tub pictures will be a part of their application to MIT.”

Parents don’t know what this is like, most of us have an online life of about ten to fifteen years max. The folks at AVG don’t want us to keep pics of our babies to ourselves, just to be mindful of how this publicity might play later down the line.

As a blogger and writer about pregnancy and birth, I’ve given this topic some thought. I don’t think there’s a right answer to the question of what exactly you can share about your kids– I know some bloggers who share stories about their families and somehow never cross a line.

But I do think that, as parents, we need to be aware of the fact that before we know it, those little fetuses will be able to google themselves. And it would be nice if they didn’t have to shrink with embarrassment before they’re even old enough to have drunk iphone photos posted by annoying roommates.”I think that a lot of it has to do with education,” MacDermott said. “It’s an awareness thing.”


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