Parent stories – Mum talks on sharenting and managing her children’s digital lives

Zoe Holland, mum and teacher, talks about her ups and downs with sharenting and how she encourages her children to be safe online.

Zoe often shares photos of her children, aged 12, 10 and 7, online. “I write a family-focused blog, and so we’re often sharing photos of the family engaging in activities, and I share a lot of pictures on my Instagram account,” she says.

At the moment, she doesn’t ask her children’s permission, and the children are excited to feature in online images, but Zoe can anticipate a time when her soon-to-be-teen might not think being on her Mum’s social media accounts is cool!

How sharenting can go wrong

That’s not to say there haven’t been times when “sharenting” has gone a bit too far. Once, Zoe entered a competition to find Britain’s untidiest bedroom, using a photo of her daughter. “I didn’t check the…

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