The Reading / Listening - Sharenting - Level 5

A child protection charity is advising parents to ask their children for permission before uploading images of them on social media. A communications watchdog in the UK said parents are divided on whether it is right to put photos of their children online. Parents uploading images of their kids is called "sharenting" – a mixture of the words "share" and "parenting". The biggest reason for parents not sharing their kids' photos is to protect the privacy of under-18s. The charity said every uploaded photo of a child creates a digital footprint, "which can follow them into adult life."



The website theatlantic.com reported that sharenting is common in the USA. It said: "The vast majority of 2-year-olds…already have an online presence. More than 80 per cent of babies younger than that are already on social media." There is a conflict between a parent's pride in their children and their wish to share photos of them, and the dangers of sharing photos of kids. Parents often include personal information about their children. This could put kids at risk of identity theft. There is also the danger of parents publishing real-time information about where their children are.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sharenting - Level 4 or  Sharenting - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/parents-told-ask-childs-permission-13426198
  • https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/03/the-sharenting-divide-half-uk-parents-do-not-post-childrens-pictures
  • https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/10/babies-everywhere/502757/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A child
  2. ask their children
  3. parents are divided on whether
  4. a mixture of the words "share"
  5. protect the privacy
  6. every uploaded
  7. a digital
  8. follow them into
  1. it is right
  2. adult life
  3. of under-18s
  4. photo of a child
  5. footprint
  6. for permission
  7. protection charity
  8. and "parenting"

Paragraph 2

  1. sharenting is common
  2. The vast
  3. have an online
  4. already on
  5. a parent's
  6. the dangers of sharing
  7. This could put kids at risk of
  8. real-
  1. identity theft
  2. time information
  3. photos of kids
  4. presence
  5. in the USA
  6. pride
  7. social media
  8. majority of 2-year-olds

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A child protection charity is advising (1) ___________________ their children for permission before uploading (2) ___________________ on social media. A communications watchdog in the UK said (3) ___________________ on whether it is right to put photos of their children online. Parents uploading images of their kids is called "sharenting" – (4) ___________________ the words "share" and "parenting". The biggest reason for parents not sharing their kids' (5) ___________________ protect the privacy of under-18s. The charity said every uploaded photo of a child creates a digital footprint, "which can follow (6) ___________________ life."

The website theatlantic.com reported that sharenting (7) ___________________ the USA. It said: "The vast majority of 2-year-olds…already (8) ___________________ presence. More than 80 per cent of babies younger than that (9) ___________________ social media." There is a conflict between a parent's pride in their children and their wish to share (10) ___________________, and the dangers of sharing photos of kids. Parents (11) ___________________ personal information about their children. This could put kids at risk of identity theft. There is also (12) ___________________ parents publishing real-time information about where their children are.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Achildprotectioncharityisadvisingparentstoasktheirchildrenforperm
issionbeforeuploadingimagesofthemonsocialmedia.Acommunicatio
nswatchdogintheUKsaidparentsaredividedonwhetheritisrighttoputp
hotosoftheirchildrenonline.Parentsuploadingimagesoftheirkidsiscall
ed"sharenting"–amixtureofthewords"share"and"parenting".Thebi
ggestreasonforparentsnotsharingtheirkids'photosistoprotectthepri
vacyofunder-18s.Thecharitysaideveryuploadedphotoofachildcreat
esadigitalfootprint,"whichcanfollowthemintoadultlife."Thewebsitet
heatlantic.comreportedthatsharentingiscommonintheUSA.Itsaid:"
Thevastmajorityof2-year-olds…alreadyhaveanonlinepresence.Mo
rethan80percentofbabiesyoungerthanthatarealreadyonsocialmedia
."Thereisaconflictbetweenaparent'sprideintheirchildrenandtheirwis
htosharephotosofthem,andthedangersofsharingphotosofkids.Pare
ntsoftenincludepersonalinformationabouttheirchildren.Thiscouldpu
tkidsatriskofidentitytheft.Thereisalsothedangerofparentspublishing
real-timeinformationaboutwheretheirchildrenare.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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