Stacey Steinberg’s “Sharenting” Research Draws Attention
UF Law Professor Stacey Steinberg’s interdisciplinary “sharenting” research – the tension between a parent’s right to share details about his or her child’s life on social media and the child’s right to privacy – isn’t expected to be published in the Emory Law Journal until 2017. But that hasn’t stopped the groundbreaking research from being discussed widely among parents, scholars, health care professionals and the international news media.
“The Internet offers families a unique platform to build community and to share our life stories,” Steinberg said. “When we share on social media, we must all consider how our online actions affect our children’s well-being, both today and long into the future.”
Steinberg, along with Dr. Bahareh Keith, a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine, presented on the topic of sharenting Oct. 21 in San Francisco at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2016 National Conference and Exhibition.
“Privacy laws place the parent in the role of gatekeeper and expecting the parent to act in the child’s best interest when authorizing the disclosure of the child’s personal information,” Steinberg said. “However, there is little discussion centered at the intersection of a parent’s choice to publish information about his or her children and the child’s right to privacy. Untangling the parent’s right to share his or her own story and the child’s right to enter adulthood free to create his or her own digital footprint is a daunting task.”
Steinberg is an associate director of UF Law’s Center on Children and Families and a legal skills professor teaching legal writing, appellate advocacy and juvenile law. Prior to joining the faculty, Steinberg worked as a felony prosecutor handling cases involving child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and child pornography.
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