University of Michigan National Poll on Children's Health found that more than half of the mothers and one-third of fathers are discussing child health and parenting on social media.

Nearly three quarters of parents said social media makes them feel less alone. But how far is too far when it comes to crossing the boundaries between public and private life?

"By the time children are old enough to use social media themselves, many already have a digital identity created for them by their parents," said Sarah J. Clark from the University of Michigan.

"On one hand, social media offers today's parents an outlet they find incredibly useful, on the other hand, some are concerned that oversharing may pose safety and privacy risks for their children," Clark added.

However, parents also recognized potential pitfalls of sharing information about their children, with nearly two-thirds concerned someone would learn private information about their child or share photos of their child.

More than half also worried that when older, their child may be embarrassed by what was shared. "There's potential for the line between sharing and over sharing to get blurred. Parents may share information that their child finds embarrassing or too personal when they are older but once it's out there, it's hard to undo," Clark said.

Three-quarters of parents polled also pointed to "oversharenting" by another parent, including parents who shared embarrassing stories, gave information that could identify a child's location, or posted photos perceived as inappropriate.

In other cases, such photos have become the target of cruel jokes and cyber bullying. Among the most notorious cases in recent years was that of a Facebook group that made fun of "ugly" babies.


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