Parents gathered in our newly opened Discovery Lab in our Library Tech Commons to discuss internet privacy and how, as a parent, they may be compromising their son's privacy.
The event kicked off with the screening of a poignant New York Times video in which children spoke with the adults in their lives about sharing photos of them on social media. The concept of ‘sharenting’ or oversharing by parents, was introduced. For some of the children, they found the content posted – which included a photo of a girl in a bikini at the beach and a photo of a boy shirtless – to be a violation of their privacy. For others, the concept of consent was most important for them. One young girl expressed that she did not mind her photos being posted, so long as her mother showed her in advance.
From there, the conversation moved on to a variety of other potential internet privacy concerns, including facial recognition at summer camps, and toys and electronics that may be having an impact on their son’s privacy.
In response to a question about allowing boys to keep phones in their bedrooms overnight, Library Tech Commons Director Sarah Kresberg suggested parents supply alternative devices to perform some of the functions for which boys use their phones in their rooms, like an alarm clock, a calculator, and a music player.
Here is a link to a Washington Post article highlighting the controversial use of a facial recognition service at a summer camp in Upstate New York that participants discussed during Tech Tuesday.