For several months, Cara has been working up the courage to approach her mom about what she saw on Instagram. Not long ago, the 11-year-old—who, like all the other kids in this story, is referred to by a pseudonym—discovered that her mom had been posting photos of her, without prior approval, for much of her life. “I’ve wanted to bring it up. It’s weird seeing myself up there, and sometimes there’s pics I don’t like of myself,” she said.

Source: When Kids Google Themselves – The Atlantic

This becomes even more of an issue when companies are already creating profiles of people, even if they don’t use the service. Facebook creates profiles of non-users, and starts to track them on the internet. Even if you don’t have a FB account, they have information on you.

Parents willingly giving this private information up is exacerbating the situation.

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