Child’s Privacy and the Cyberspace

Translated by Sayyad Hassan Naqavi

Key Words: Children, cyberspace, privacy, parents, risk of identity, virtual children abduction, freedom

Yes, all those videos and photos of cyberspace are beautiful and attractive, but do you know how they affect the lives of children ?!
For example, the majority of two-year-olds in the United States – according to a 2010 survey – more than 90 percent of them – are now online. More than 80% of children under the age of two are also present on social media today.
Many children experience their first appearance on the Internet in the form of scattered gray spots on ultrasound images, the first ultrasound image that is placed on virtual pages even before they are born.
Occasionally, these children may find that their virtual identities have been formed to a large extent, usually by their parents, in advance of their childhood. Given that what is published in cyberspace is searchable, shareable, and long-lasting, the dual role of parent and publisher raises many questions about privacy, consent, and the parent-child relationship in general.
As a result, researchers, pediatricians, and other child rights advocates are in the early stages of designing a public health scan to draw public attention to what they see as an inherent conflict between “parental freedom of publication” and “right.” Child for privacy
“Rarely may parents intentionally and maliciously share information about their children with others, but they are a persistence and a consequence,” said Stacey Steinberg, a law professor at Levin College, University of Florida and director of the Center for Children and the Family. They do not potentially take this information into account in cyberspace.
For example, adults typically mention their baby’s name and date of birth on their birthday announcements and other posts on sites such as Instagram. This puts children at risk of identity theft and virtual child abduction, meaning that someone may take pictures of another person’s children and display them as pictures of their child. Some parents publish momentary information about their children’s whereabouts that could potentially endanger their safety. There are also adults who, with good intentions, easily share photos of their children in a variety of intimate situations in cyberspace.
Parents and caregivers should make sure that they do not share their children’s photos with people who do not download, share, or abuse them in any other way. They should also ensure that people who can access shared photos of children have strong private frameworks, as well as people who monitor other people’s access to their social media accounts. Many parents believe that private frameworks can be considered a safe area, and so, according to Steinberg, “they are a little cautious in sharing content with their chosen audience.” But in fact, even this content can be made available to many audiences. The implications of this huge volume of sharing go far beyond security issues and set new characteristics in parenting. Parents and caregivers are no longer merely guardians of children, but in many cases also potential disseminators of information about their children to a collective audience. This huge amount of sharing has obvious benefits for individuals, such as families and friends who are geographically distant, or parents who share details of their children’s lives to seek advice from trusted friends. But this new model can also threaten the child’s sense of dominance over how his or her identity is formed.
Some say that social media has introduced us to a world beyond privacy in which young people’s perceptions and expectations of privacy are non-existent. Despite this claim, there is evidence that the digital generation still cares about its privacy in cyberspace. “Now in cyberspace, even among children, we see that more and more user behavior is moving toward privacy,” said a paper presented at the 24th International Conference on the World Wide Web last year. Apps like Snapshot – which, unlike most digital communications, prevent data retention. They are very popular among teenagers and young adults because they allow users to share their intimate moments, away from the unfortunate events or long-term consequences of long-lasting text applications.
Advocates of children’s rights believe that monitoring children on their digital footprint is a moral right and perhaps even a legal right. In short, your child’s photo is a completely private image. Of course not for you but for your child!
Yes. Your child’s image belongs to him or her and he or she has to decide for himself / herself to spread his / her image on the Internet.
Because many children at an early age do not have a clear understanding of the functions of the Internet and social networks, it is natural that they can not make the right decision.
But this does not mean that parents can share photos of their children without any consideration, and more attention and caution in this regard is essential for parents.