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Poll: Parents may share too much about tots on social media

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A father holding his baby girl and uses a laptop. A newly-released University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital poll reveals that nearly 70% of parents use social media to get advice from other parents.

Posting updates about everything from spit-up to potty training, new moms and dads are now constantly “sharenting” on social media.

But will baby be cringing with embarrassment over her digital footprint in a few years?

More than half of mothers and one-third of fathers discuss parenting and their child’s health on sites like Facebook or Twitter, a national University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital poll released Monday found.

Sunnyside, Queens mom Ska Ska Morales-Murray said she shares updates about her 16-month-old daughter about once a week on Facebook.

“I’m not one of those parents — I only post when she does something cute,” she said. “I have friends who post two or three times a day.”

Her little girl’s recent staring contest with their dog made the cut, as did milestones like her first steps, Morales-Murray said.

A newly-released University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital poll reveals that nearly 70% of parents say they use social mediat to get advice from other parentsKevin C. Downs for New York Daily News

A newly-released University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital poll reveals that nearly 70% of parents say they use social mediat to get advice from other parents

There are benefits to all the sharing — especially for new parents who can feel isolated at home with an infant.

Nearly 70% of parents told researchers they use social media to get advice from other parents, and 62% said it helped them worry less.

“This opportunity to connect with people helps a little bit. It’s not answering every question that you have, but it does give some tips, and help parents feel less alone,” said Sarah Clark, associate director of the poll and an associate research scientist in the Univ. of Mich. Department of Pediatrics.

However, three-quarters of the parents polled said they have seen other moms and dads “oversharenting” — posting things like embarrassing stories, inappropriate photos and information that could identify a child’s location.

More than half worried that their own kid would be embarrassed about what was shared when they were older.

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A newly-released University of Michigan study shows that parents are increasingly “sharenting” about their kids on social media.

Common topics shared on social media include getting kids to sleep (28%), discipline (19%) and behavior problems (13%), the researchers found.

Thinking through privacy settings — and making sure that they remain in place — is a good idea, Clark said.

Other experts suggest setting up a Google Alert with your child’s name, to make sure that no one else is posting information about them.

“We’re not saying, ‘Don’t do this sharenting thing,’” said Clark. “Do it in a thoughtful way, so that you feel good about what individuals — both in your family and close circle of friends, as well as strangers — what they might be seeing.”

epearson@nydailynews.com

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