Aug 9, 2019

Axios PM

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 509 words, a 2 minute read.

1 big thing: The "sharenting" kidlash

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Generation Alpha — the first cohort to be born entirely within the smart phone era — is increasingly a battleground between family members over privacy for their tots.

Why it matters: Kids of every generation can relate to being publicly embarrassed by their parents. But Generations Z and A are the first whose embarrassment will be recorded for posterity.

  • Kids don't get to consent to having their entire lives — from the cute to the humiliating — documented online, as noted in a video op-ed by the N.Y. Times.
  • Toss in parents who grew up watching people get fired for Facebook pictures or bad tweets — and add increasing concerns about privacy and identity theft, and you've got the beginning of the end for oversharing about kids online.

Fair enough: But Grandma and Grandpa — or a well-meaning aunt, uncle or cousin — might not be on the same page, as BuzzFeed News reported.

  • “My mom has a public profile and posts several times a day on her page and has tons of interactions, often with people she doesn’t necessarily know,” one millennial parent told BuzzFeed News.
  • “Because I want to be more private about photos of my son, I have had to ask her to please not post his picture — or, if she’s going to, that she please change the privacy settings for that specific post."
  • "For the most part she has done what I’ve asked, but I could tell she was really annoyed about it. One time she posted a photo that straight-up had our home address on it, and she couldn’t understand why I was so upset!”

The bottom line: "Parents get a lot of gratification from telling kids’ stories online," education reporter Anya Kamenetz wrote for the Times.

  • "It’s less clear what our children have to gain from their lives being broadcast in this way."

Go deeper: Meet Generation Alpha, the 9-year-olds shaping our future

Bonus: Pics du jour
Photo: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

Above: A Darth Vader air balloon prepares to join the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in England.

Below: The Vader balloon above Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

Photo: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images
2. What you missed
  1. The El Paso mass shooting suspect confessed to law enforcement upon his surrender and admitted to targeting Mexicans in the attack. Go deeper.
  2. Walmart has instructed employees to remove "any signing or displays that contain violent images or aggressive behavior," including those marketing violent video games, after recent mass shootings. Go deeper.
  3. The U.K.'s economy shrank by 0.2% in 2019's second quarter, its first contraction since 2012. Go deeper.
  4. The Trump Organization has employed a group of Latin American construction workers — some undocumented — to build features at its properties around the eastern U.S. for almost two decades, reports the Washington Post.
3. 1 relatable thing

One pitfall to working remote: sometimes the computer camera captures less than professional moments, as the WSJ documents in a fun A-hed (subscription).

Efforts to prevent repeats:

  • Professor Robert Kelly, whose kids went viral for interrupting his TV interview: “I like throw all kinds of stuff in the hallway in front of my door. I’ll put chairs and pillows."
  • "A tech worker in Georgia installed a light-up sign that reads 'on air' above the door to his office; flipping it on is a signal for his wife to keep their three kids quiet."