Does Your Baby Already Have a Digital Footprint?

Confession: My six-year-old son not only has his own email address but his own website, too. The email address is a relatively new thing, a gift for his fifth birthday to go with his (gasp!) laptop. The website -- a fun keepsake created by dad to record our little one's first years on the planet -- is woefully out-of-date and isn't even something we look at. Ever.

So when the results of a recent poll conducted by AVG, the antivirus people, revealed that seven percent of babies and toddlers have their own email addresses, well, I wasn't all that shocked. (Still, who are they writing to, Elmo?) Slightly more surprising: 5 percent have their own social networking profile!

The poll focused on moms in 10 different countries who have both Internet access and kids under age two.  It asked when -- and why -- they started uploading pics of their wee ones. Their results show that on average, we stake our babes’ claim online at the tender age of six months. By age two, they're veterans of the online world, with 81 percent having a so-called "digital footprint." (That number is even higher -- 92 percent -- in the U.S.)

What motivates us to cyber-share? Apparently, more than 70 percent of the moms surveyed said it was to keep family and friends in the loop. Let’s just hope our little ones don’t hate us for sharing the most embarrassing (and adorable) ones when they’re older.

Do you share your kid’s pictures online? Chime in below!


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