Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 509 words, a 2 minute read.
1 big thing: The "sharenting" kidlash
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."
Bonus: Pics du jour
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.
2. What you missed
- The El Paso mass shooting suspect confessed to law enforcement upon his surrender and admitted to targeting Mexicans in the attack. Go deeper.
- 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.
- The U.K.'s economy shrank by 0.2% in 2019's second quarter, its first contraction since 2012. Go deeper.
- 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."