Law professor Leah A. Plunkett explores the risky digital behavior of “sharents” – parents, educators and caregivers who digitally disclose children’s personal information, often without understanding the range of consequences. “Sharenting” intrudes on kids’ privacy and sense of self, threatens their safety, and hinders their opportunities as they enter adulthood. Plunkett also describes how current laws enable and contribute to the sharenting problem, and proposes ways that parents and regulators might make the digital world safer for children.
About the Author
Leah A. Plunkett is an associate dean and legal skills professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce School of Law, as well as a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Her experiences as a legal aid lawyer representing young clients helped inform her book Sharenthood.
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