CANCELLED Sharenthood: should we talk about our children online? CANCELLED

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 8 April

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

This event has been cancelled

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Due to travel restrictions in place during the coronavirus outbreak, Leah will not be travelling to the UK and so this event has been cancelled.

We will contact everyone who has purchsed a ticket with refund information.

Our children's first digital footprints are made before they are born. Parents use fertility apps to aid conception, post ultrasound images, and share their baby's hospital mug shot.

This talk explores the implications of ‘sharenthood’: adults' excessive digital sharing of children's data.

Join Leah Plunkett as she outlines the mistakes adults make with kids' private information, the risks that result, and the legal system that enables ‘sharenting’.

About the speaker

Leah Plunkett went to Harvard College & Harvard Law School and became a lawyer so she could work with kids, parents, and communities on law and the ordinary.

Leah is an associate dean & associate professor at University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. She is also direct UNH Law’s Academic Success program. Down in the metropolis of Cambridge, Massachusetts, she is a faculty associate with the Youth & Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Leah's book, 'Sharenthood: Why We Should Think before We Talk about Our Kids Online', will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. 


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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