Are Proud Parents Sharing Too Much Info About Their Kids Online?
SHERMAN OAKS (CBS) — Proud parents like nothing better than to show off their children, but in the age of social media, it is easy to go too far. It’s a practice that is being dubbed “oversharenting”.
Jill Cordes of Los Feliz is a proud mother of two and a blogger for Parents.com, where she shares insights and sometimes intimate details.
“First poop, first pee, diapers/not diapers, circumcised/not circumcised,” Cordes explained in a nutshell.
With all the social networking sites out there, the daily events and accomplishments of Fia and Emmett
are instantly available to the world.
“In this day and age, it’s really cool to be able to express all that in this online forum,” she said.
But who can blame her, right?
“Your kids are going to get older and they’re going to get on the Internet and Google all kinds of things,” said Carin Goldstein, a marriage and family therapist in Sherman Oaks.
“Is she going to be embarrassed when she is a teenager and has her first boyfriend and then her first boyfriend can Google when she had her first poop,” Cordes wondered?
It is a new term that fuses the words over-sharing with parenting — Oversharenting. You know, TMI via technology.
But when are you oversharenting?
Goldstein, who is also a parent blogger, believes that when you are over analyzing, you are probably over doing it.
“If you have to think, ‘Is this crossing the line?’ Don’t do it,” she said.
“Since everything is so instant, will we just instantly forget? Maybe so. Maybe my kids won’t hate me for that. I certainly hope they don’t,” Cordes said.
“We’re not perfect. Sometimes it is the only thing that is on your frontal lobe, but it’s important to stand back and just think about how much if this is too much,” Goldstein said.