Setting the scene:
Baby-sized Digital Footprints?
Recently CTV News talked about some of the digital things that parents are doing for their children.
Many children already have an online presence early on from parents posting images or videos of their little ones on social media pages or sharing them with loved ones via email and digital photo albums. Yet by registering customized accounts, domain names and profiles in their names for future use, some tech-conscious parents are giving their kids a digital jump-start.
An online survey for Internet security company AVG released last fall found 81 per cent of kids under the age of two currently have some kind of digital profile or footprint, with images of kids posted online. In Canada, that percentage surpassed the average, at 84 per cent. Canadian moms ranked first among respondents who uploaded prenatal scans online at 37 per cent.
The research conducted by Research Now polled 2,200 mothers in North America, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the U.K.
While the percentages of mothers who registered online accounts in their babies’ names were comparatively lower, Canadian moms polled topped the averages in those categories.
Nine per cent of Canadians gave their baby an email address, compared to seven per cent overall. Meanwhile, eight per cent of Canadian moms gave a social network profile to their tyke, compared to the overall average of five per cent.
What about you?
Does your child have their own digital foot print already? What is your take on reserving a digital space for your child?