New parents probably don’t think of baby blogs and online photo albums as part of their children’s digital dossiers or footprints, but that’s what they are. The computer security company AVG recently surveyed parents with Internet access and children under age two in 10 countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, and the US), asking them “when they uploaded pictures of their children and what motivated them to do so.” Here are some highlights shared in the AVG company blog:
When they’re older, will our kids want people to be able to find their baby photos on the Internet? Lisa Belkin looked at that important question in a New York Times “Motherlode” column last year (see also “Online privacy: Photos out of control”). And of course, AVG’s numbers only reflect parents’ own contributions to their children’s digital dossiers. Think about hospital and birth registry records, school records, what they post about themselves, and all the rest of the aggregation of digital data associated with them and all of us in private and public networks – that’s what this thought-provoking video, created by members of the 2010 class of interns at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, is about (I blogged about it here).