New Rite: Baby Blogging

Many of Totspot's 15,000 users still in diapers
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 11, 2008 12:37 PM CDT
A mother and child play with their Facebook doggie, a virtual pet.   (tdcollie)
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(Newser) – Soon after entering the world, babies are forging online identities compliments of eager parents, the New York Times reports. "It does feel a little funny to personalize it in his voice," says a blogging mommy who “friends” other babies on behalf of her son. For many parents, social networking is an easier way than email to keep relatives updated on baby's life.

"Everyone can decide how much or little they want to know,” a researcher points out. Writing about the kids on sites like Totspot, a Facebook for kids, is a "natural evolution" of blogging about one's own life, an editor says. Just be careful what you share, and where, a law professor warns: “Parents are contributing to their child’s digital dossier.”