Parents have long been concerned about sharing images of their children online, but advances in facial recognition technology intensify these worries. Kashmir Hill, a journalist who has covered privacy issues for over a decade, delves into the world of “sharenting” and the potential risks presented by artificial intelligence technologies. From scammers using deepfake technology to mimic children’s voices to potential misuse of children’s images, the article explores the challenges parents face in the digital age.
- Many parents are reevaluating how much they share about their children online due to increasing concerns over privacy and the misuse of images through technologies like facial recognition.
- A TikTok star named Kodye Elyse removed her children’s images from the internet after an uncomfortable online experience. Despite her efforts, she found previously unknown images of her child using PimEyes, a facial recognition search engine.
- The term “sharenting” refers to parents oversharing about their children online. While the main criticism historically has been the invasion of privacy, new AI-based technologies present risks such as deepfake scams and identity theft.
- Experts recommend that parents use services like PimEyes or FaceCheck.ID to search online for their children’s faces and take down any unwanted images.
- Beyond just images, the broader concern is about the control individuals have over their digital footprints, especially children, whose online presence might be decided by their parents.