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Interviews & Quotes

NPR – Do Parent’s Invade Children’s Privacy When hey Post Online?  [link] October, 2016

“[Stacey] Steinberg and Bahareh Keith, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine, say most children will likely never experience problems related to what their parents share, but a tension still exists between parents’ rights to share their experiences and their children’s rights to privacy.

‘We’re in no way trying to silence parents’ voices,’ Steinberg says. ‘At the same time, we recognize that children might have an interest in entering adulthood free to create their own digital footprint.’”

CNN – The do’s and don’ts of posting about your kids online [link] October, 2016

“‘There’s been a dearth of discussion on this topic by both legal scholars, children’s rights advocates, pediatricians and by the media, and this dearth for discussion leaves parents with an insufficient amount of material to consider before they press share on their digital devices,’ said Steinberg, who also serves as an associate director of the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Center on Children and Families.
Steinberg and Keith recommend best practice guidelines for parents to consider when ‘sharenting’ — such as, considering how a photo might affect their children if a bully finds it and uses it against them, or whether a photo could have a negative effect if their child is running for political office as an adult and it resurfaces.
‘A big part of my research really focuses on a child’s privacy and a child being able to enter adulthood free to create their own digital footprint, or at least being able to feel comfortable with the digital footprint that’s been left in their childhood wake,’ Steinberg said.”

CBS – Something to consider before posting about your kids [link] October, 2016

“’Online sharing offers many positive benefits to both parents and children and to communities as a whole, but this message is all about finding a balance,’” Steinberg told CBS News. “’A parent’s right to share and the benefits of sharing is very important and by exploring this we can find a way to allow families to connect online but also to respect children’s privacy.'”

The AtlanticProtecting Kids in the Age of Sharenting [link] October, 2016

“Children benefit from being ‘heard and understood,’ [Steinberg] says, but it seems likely that such conversations would also encourage children to think critically about how online sharing might affect them. Developing this line of thinking from an early age prepares children to manage their own behaviors online as they grow—and it’s a more nuanced way of thinking about online publishing than teaching kids to never share anything whatsoever. Steinberg underscored repeatedly—in her paper and in my conversation with her—that she doesn’t want to discourage parents from posting photos and stories about their kids online.

Someone might blog about a child’s medical condition as a way to seek or offer support, or to raise crucial funds for health care. Sharing baby photos on Facebook is a way to keep far-flung families feeling close. “I feel so strongly in not silencing parents voices,” she told me. ‘There are so many benefits to sharing information … and very valid reasons to share. That’s why this is so complex.'”

SlateCourts Aren’t the Solution to Parents Sharing on Social Media [link] October, 2016

“In a forthcoming article in the Emory Law Journal, she considers how a public health–based approach to behavior change could address these concerns. For example, health professionals have mounted campaigns to educate parents and the general public about ways to combat secondhand smoke exposure and sudden infant death syndrome. In the article, Steinberg provides a list of recommendations for parents, including the suggestion that parents ask their children before posting pictures online and give children ‘veto power’ over information, photos, or videos they don’t want to be shared. Steinberg, who along with pediatrician Bahareh Keith will present on this topic at next month’s national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, believes doctors could be a good source for parents to turn to get advice about online sharing decisions.”

Redbook – The Darker Side of Posting Your Baby’s Pics on Social Media [link] September, 2016

“The answer is complicated, says Stacey Steinberg, associate director of the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, partially because this is the first generation to really grow up with social media and see the potential consequences. And there aren’t clear, official guidelines for parents as to what they should do, which means that even the most benign efforts can go awry.

‘Most parents want to do the best for their kids, [but] when it comes to online sharing, there’s just not a lot of information out there — parents can be at a loss,’ she says.

But while there may be a lack information, there’s an abundance of sharing from other parents. Steinberg says that a whopping 92 percent of 2-year-olds have a social media presence, and one-third of all kids appear on social media within the first twenty four hours of their lives.”

TODAY Show — Stopping ‘rape culture’ starts with parents… earlier than you think [link] June, 2016

“In an article in the Washington Post that has itself gone viral , University of Florida law professor Stacey Steinberg and licensed clinical psychologist Jennifer Sager, PhD outline their ideas for parenting young children — even toddlers and preschoolers — in a way that could fight against the behaviors and mindsets that contribute to rape culture.

Steinberg said it is crucial that parents acknowledge that rape culture does exist and the part that parents can play in fighting it. ‘We owe it to our children to shift this culture,’ she said. ‘We all want our children to enter adulthood armed with the best tools to steer their life’s course.'”

The New York Times – Don’t Post About Me on Social Media, Children Say [link] March, 2016

“’Children benefit from the community created when parents have the ability to share their stories [.]'”

“‘[W]e’re going to have to find ways to balance a parent’s right to share their story and a parent’s right to control the upbringing of their child with a child’s right to privacy.'”

Women’s DayWhy Your Kid’s Don’t Want You to Post About Them on Social Media [link] March, 2016

“‘As these children come of age, they’re going to be seeing the digital footprint left in their childhood’s wake’ . . . ‘While most of them will be fine, some might take issue with it.'”

KvellerKid’s Wish Their Parent’s Would Stop Posting About Them on Social Media [link] March, 2016

“’Parents often intrude on a child’s digital identity, not because they are malicious, but because they haven’t considered the potential reach and the longevity of the digital information that they’re sharing.’”

Selected Essays

The Washington Post – It’s time to think about how your family records and stores memories [link] January, 2017

The Washington Post – Yes, it’s hard to think about kids with cancer. But please don’t look away. (Here’s how you can help.) [link] September, 2016

The Washington Post – Parent partnerships: A better way to co-parent [link] March, 2016

The Washington Post – How to parent against rape culture (for one thing, start young) co authored by Dr. Jennifer Sager, Ph.D [link] December, 2015

The Washington Post – Parenting in Facebook age: should we rethink how we share? [link]  August, 2015

The Huffington Post  – Standing Up for All Children in the Public School System [link] September, 2015

Complete list of publications available upon request. 

Photography Features

The Huffington PostThese Parents Want You To Get “Mad as Hell” About Pediatric Cancer [link] September, 2016

UF Law A Law Professor’s Artistic Turn (link] July, 2016

“When I was a prosecutor and working with kids in court, as painful as it was, I really liked to help them (cope with) their trauma. Now I’m serving kids in a different type of difficult time of their lives.” 

University of Florida – The Shared Hope Project [link] July, 2016

The Huffington Post  – 32 Touching Photos Of Cancer’s Young Fighters [link] September, 2016)

“These families share their stories because there is still so much work to do in the fight against childhood cancer.”

The Huffington Post 23 Photos that Show the Resilience and Strength of Kids with Devastating Illness [link] April, 2015

Babycenter.com – Inspiring photo series shares strength of chronically ill kids [link] April, 2015

“These families are beautiful. And when families see their own beauty through my lens, I think it helps them refocus and see their own strength and courage.”

Babycenter.com – Beautiful photo series celebrates the joys of motherhood [link] May, 2015