Ep. 92: How to Share Photos Safely on the Internet with Leah Plunkett

How to Share Photos Safely on the Internet with Leah Plunkett PIN

How to Share Photos Safely on the Internet with Leah Plunkett

Leah Plunkett is a faculty associate with the Youth & Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the Special Director for Online Education at Harvard Law School.

She’s a mother of two children and author of the best-selling book, SHARENTHOOD: Why We Should Think Before We Talk About Our Kids Online, which has been praised by WIRED, The New Yorker, and Fatherly, among others.

After appearing on his podcast Armchair Expert, host and actor Dax Shephard called Leah a “fascinating woman and also very funny.”

Leah lives in Concord, New Hampshire and loves volunteering her time on the boards of nonprofits, including the ACLU of New Hampshire and Planned Parenthood.

The Unspoken Topic

  • What we share on social media and elsewhere is really about our needs,  struggles, and desires rather than they are about our kids. 

What We Cover

  • The ideas of privacy and how to share your life on social media.
  •  Looking into why we share content on line.
  • How to navigate the conversation about sharing online with our children.

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Key Takeaways

  • Parents today are often sharing more about their families and kids than schools and institutions are sharing that we are up in arms about in regards to privacy.
  • Sharenting is the use of social media by parents to share content based on their children, such as baby pictures or details of their children’s activities.
  • We should be very candid about what we are trying to accomplish every time we “sharent.”
  • Teens are becoming more aware of the posts their parents are making. Asking them for permission to post pictures of them is an important step.

Actionable Solution

 How to Share Photos Safely and Mindfully

  • Avoid sharing any information on where you live, daily schedules, or where you might be at any certain time.
  • Avoid data breach by not sharing full name, date of birth, and location of birth.
  • Consider your caption with the photos, leave out extra details.
  • Refrain from posting any images that have kids in any state of undress (like baths, diapers, bathing suits.) The good rule of thumb is if you would mind someone seeing your child in person in that state of undress, would you be ok with it?
  • Consider the motive for sharing the photo and how many people you would really want to see this image.
  • Even when your account is private, photos can be screenshot or shared in different ways.





How to Stay Connected To Your Partner

  • They always have things they do together that doesn’t involve the kids. Watching a show together, sharing a dessert, etc. They also try to stay in regular touch on what things are coming up for them and keep a daily dialogue.





Tradition They Have Started

  • They dress the dog up for Halloween.





Most Excited About

  • All the ways pandemic living is making her family closer.




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Mama Has a Minute 

  • Favorite form of self-care: Going on a morning run.
  • Best parenting advice ever received: This too shall pass.
  • Favorite parenting hack: Give kids mini version tasks of what she’s doing.
  • Share 1 book:  “Is Your Mama a Llama”
  • What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is being in a constant state of awe and a constant state of concern and vigilance. 


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