A UKRI Research Project


ProTechThem - Building Awareness for Safer and Technology-Savvy Sharenting, is a research project led by the University of Southampton (Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology) and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The project combines traditional and innovative cross-disciplinary approaches to offer a better understanding of sharenting practices, motivations, and risks such as grooming, child abuse, identity crimes (for example, identity fraud and identity theft). ProTechThem aims to develop awareness-raising tools and automated preventative measures for improving cyber security behaviours amongst the public, particularly parents, guardians, and relevant others.

Join The UK Sharenting Survey!

Get involved in our research by completing the Sharenting Survey. This online survey lasts around 15 minutes and is open to parents and guardians of children (under 18) in the UK. It will run until 30th April,...
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Recent Publications

  • Lavorgna, A., Ugwudike, P., & Tartari, M. (2023). Online sharenting: Identifying existing vulnerabilities and demystifying media reported crime risks. Crime, Media, Culture.
  • Lavorgna, A., Tartari, M., & Ugwudike, P. (2022). Criminogenic and harm-enabling features of social media platforms: The case of sharenting practices. European Journal of Criminology