Levin College of Law

Stacey Steinberg

Master Legal Skills Professor
Director, Gator Team Child Clinic
Director, Center on Children and Families

Mailing Address:
Box #117624 Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-2796


Steinberg is the supervising attorney for the Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic. She also serves as Director for the Center on Children and Families. Steinberg’s research explores the intersection of a parent’s right to share online and a child’s interest in privacy. She is an internationally sought after expert on children’s privacy and sharenting. Steinberg’s work has been cited by countless news and research organizations, including NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and the children’s rights arm of the United Nations, UNICEF. She has presented her children’s privacy/sharenting research to a variety of audiences, including to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of American Law Schools, the University of Geneva, the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, and events affiliated with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Steinberg is the author of Growing Up Shared: How Parents Can Share Smarter on Social Media and What You Can Do to Keep Your Family Safe in a No-Privacy World.

Prior to joining the law faculty, Steinberg served as a felony prosecutor handling crimes involving child abuse, child pornography, domestic violence, and rape. She has served as lead counsel in hundreds of contested hearings. As a practitioner, Steinberg routinely provided training to lawyers, police officers, and social workers on matters relating to child abuse, neglect, and trial procedure. Steinberg has also worked as a Senior Attorney for Children’s Legal Services.

J.D., University of Florida
B.A., University of Florida

Teaching & Scholarship

Legal Writing & Appellate Advocacy
Juvenile Law

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty as an adjunct in 2009 teaching Juvenile Law and full time in 2012 as Legal Skills Professor
  • Professional Experience: State Attorney’s Office, 8th Judicial Circuit (2003-2009), Children’s Legal Services (2009-2012)
  • Professional Affiliations: Guardian ad Litem Program; Consultant to the State Attorney’s Office, 8th Judicial Circuit; Consultant to Children’s Legal Services


Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic - LAW 6940
  • Students enrolled in the Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic provide representation to children in dependency, education, and delinquency related matters as well as work on systemic policy issues affecting children and families. Students receive extensive instruction on advocacy-related activities and have ample opportunities to collaborate alongside attorneys to serve the complex needs of children. As part of their training, social workers and other mental health professionals introduce students to therapeutic approaches focused on resolving each child's problem in a holistic way. Students do not need to be CLIs to participate in the Clinic. 2L and 3L students are welcome to apply.



  • Growing Up Shared: How Parents Can Share Smarter on Social Media and What You Can Do to Keep Your Family Safe in a No-Privacy World (Sourcebook, 2020) [Link]


  • Documented: My Week at the South Texas Family Residential Center, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy (2020) [SSRN]
  • Changing Faces: Morphed Child Pornography and the First Amendment, Emory Law Journal (2019) [SSRN]
  • Sharenting: Children’s Privacy in the Age of Social Media, Emory Law Journal (2017) [SSRN]
  • #Advocacy: Social Media’s Power to Transform Law, Kentucky Law Journal (2017) [SSRN]
  • Parental Sharing on the Internet: Child Privacy in the Age of Social Media and the Pediatrician’s Role, JAMA Pediatrics (May 2017) [Link]
  • Where Did All the Social Workers Go? The Need to Prepare Families for Adoption, Assist Post-Adoptive Families in Crisis, and End Re-Homing 67 Fla. L. Rev. Forum 280 (2016) [SSRN]

Selected Additional Publications

  • The New York Times – (August, 2020) Why Parents Should Pause Before Oversharing Online [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (July 2020) Four things to keep in mind before posting about your kids online [Link]
  • The London School of Economics Parenting for the Digital Future – (May, 2020) Separating parents and social media: helping families navigate online spaces even when parents live apart [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (May, 2020) An oversharing grandma’s court case offers lessons on setting boundaries for kids’ online privacy [Link]
  • The New York Times – (May, 2020) How to Keep Children’s Stress From Turning Into Trauma [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (April, 2020) This may be the time to harness the power of social media as a family [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (February, 2020) Let’s tell kids what they can do online, instead of what they can’t do [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (September, 2019) The online privacy checklist your kids need you to have [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (September, 2017) Helping Freshmen Succeed: Tips from college advisers [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (July, 2017) Parents’ social media habits are teaching children the wrong lessons [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (May, 2017) Growing Up Under the Watchful Eyes of His Mother’s Newsfeed [Link]
  • London School of Economics – (May, 2017) Sharenting: In Whose Interests? [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (March, 2016) Parent Partnerships: A Better Way to Co-Parent [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (August, 2015) Parenting in the Facebook Age [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (July, 2018) How Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ could protect kids’ online privacy in the U.S.[Link]
  • The Washington Post – (April, 2018) Not deleting Facebook? Here’s how you can protect your kids. [Link] co-authored with Dr. Bahareh Keith
  • The Washington Post – (March, 2018) Stephen Hawking inspired millions, including kids. How to help them cope with the loss. [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (February, 2018) Talking to kids about how the government works. [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (September, 2016) Yes, it’s hard to think about kids with cancer. But please don’t look away. (Here’s how you can help.) [Link]

Selected Media Interviews 

  • The New York Times – (June, 2019) The Problem with ‘Sharenting’ [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (June, 2019) Gen Z kids are the stars of their parents’ social media — and they have opinions about that [Link]
  • The New York Times – (April, 2019) Facebook Is Stealing Your Family’s Joy [Link]
  • CNN – (March, 2019) What happens when parents abuse and exploit children for internet fame? [Link]
  • The Wall Street Journal – (March, 2019) Why I Put My Dog’s Photo on Social Media, but Not My Son’s [Link]
  • NPR – (January, 2019)  ‘Sharenting’: Can Parents Post Too Much About Their Kids Online? [Link]
  • USA Today – (March, 2018) Facebook asked users if pedophiles should be able to ask kids for ‘sexual pictures’ [Link]
  • The Daily Beast – (December, 2017) Kids Don’t have Parents Anymore – They Have ‘Sharents’ [Link]
  • Consumer Reports – (August, 2017) How to Protect Your Children’s Privacy in the Era of Online ‘Sharenting’ [Link]
  • CBS – News4Gainesville – (February, 2018) Sharenting: A parent’s right to share and a child’s right to privacy [Link]
  • NPR – (October, 2016) Do Parents Invade Children’s Privacy When They Post Online?  [Link]
  • The New York Times – (March, 2016)  Don’t Post About Me on Social Media, Children Say [Link]
  • CNN – (October, 2016) The dos and don’ts of posting about your kids online [Link]
  • The Atlantic – (October, 2016) Protecting Kids in the Age of Sharenting [Link]
  • CBS – (October, 2016) Something to consider before posting about your kids online [Link]
  • Slate – (October, 2016) Courts Aren’t the Solution to Parents Sharing on Social Media [Link]