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Friday
Oct082010

Average "Digital Birth" Happens at Six Months, Survey Says

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The average American toddler might be a decade away from her own Facebook account, but chances are she's already made her online debut.

According to a new survey on "digital births" from computer security company AVG Technologies, 92 percent of American children have an online record by the time they're two years old.

About a quarter (23 percent) of children start their online lives before birth, when their parents post prenatal sonogram scans to the Web, the survey said.

The study surveyed 2,200 mothers in 10 countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Australia and Japan, and found that the average "digital birth" happens at around six months.

About a third of children make their Internet premiere within weeks of their birth, as parents share pictures and birth announcements with family and friends.

A few lucky babies even have e-mail addresses (seven percent) and social networking profiles (five percent) created for them by their online-happy parents.

But before you go and make your child a digital denizen, you might want to consider the implications of a life entirely documented online. 

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