Wonder why I do not post pictures of my kids here? Well, I don’t post pictures of them anywhere online for that matter.
It started with my husband worrying that an online footprint would follow them throughout their lives, maybe for the worse. He didn’t want people to be able to access their baby pictures when they are old enough to go to job interviews. At first I thought he was overreacting, but then I started to see his point.
There are so many people right now especially on Facebook that talk about every detail of their child’s life, broadcasting all the places they are taking them to and when. (- great for house burglars to know). They list their names, where they go to school, and in some cases there is a daily photo posted of them.
It’s great to be proud of your children, but when they are old enough to have an informed opinion about online activities, are they going to resent that you posted that naked bath photo of them online for people to see and comment on? It might be embarrassing to them when they are teenagers, especially in the age of cyberbullying. Also, how do you know that those photos aren’t being used somewhere else without your permission? Although Facebook technically doesn’t own your photos now, they are always changing their terms and conditions so they may own them down the road.
Although it’s great to share, I feel strongly now that pictures of your children do not belong online, mainly because the photos could be used in a bad way to damage their reputation. Precautions should always be taken about posting their personal information, and this is especially important with online predators. However, from my experience even if you don’t post photos of your children, often a friend or family member will instead.
What do you think?