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Instagram, Facebook, and the Perils of “Sharenting”

What happens when the slow telos of parenthood meets the insatiable rhythms of social media? BKC faculty associate Leah Plunkett explores this question in her new book, Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk About Our Kids Online.

“For decades, there have been toys, from Teddy Ruxpin to Tickle Me Elmo, designed to mimic one-on-one engagement with a child,” writes Hua Hsu for The New Yorker. “What about a future involving ‘smart’ toys with the machine-learning capability to actually converse with, or teach, children according to their individual quirks? How far into the future is what Plunkett calls ‘smart Elmo?’ A toy that teaches and sleeps alongside your child while also tracking his or her consumer choices?”

Read more in The New Yorker

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