Friday, November 19, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
We started this segment with a clip from Hannah. She's having a meltdown ... a meltdown her mother captured on video. And now, hundreds of thousands of people have watched it. Because her Mom posted it on Youtube. It's called Heartbreak.
If you troll through Youtube, there is no shortage of videos of children ... children crying, throwing tantrums, being silly or adorable. Each one of them now has a digital footprint that could end up following them for the rest of their lives.
According to a study released last month, 84 per cent of Canadian children under the age of two have a digital footprint. And critics say we're not giving nearly enough thought to the potential consequences specifically the possibility that we might be traumatizing some of these children.
But that's not how Heather Fife sees it. She's Hannah's Mom and she was at her home in Tokyo. Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and a parenting blogger. She sometimes incorporates content about her own children into her blog. She's also the author of Honey I Wrecked the Kids. And David Devore is the Dad who recorded David After Dentist, a Youtube sensation. He wa in Lake Mary, Florida.