Last week, my social feeds were all abuzz with chatter about whether it is responsible or not to post photos of your kids online. There was a Slate article that was making parents feel guilty about posting pictures of their children. The author laid out how she and her husband are going to great lengths to keep a lock on their new daughter’s digital footprint. She didn’t just list kid photos not to post online, she said no photos were acceptable, period. It was intense. I will admit that it gave me pause, for about a split second, then reality settled in. My children weren’t born into the digital age, they were already here when it came about. They have grown and evolved along side it just as I have. Of course their situation is a bit unique, because not only does their mother work in the social media sphere, she is also a nationally recognized Children’s TV personality. We aren’t being hounded by paparazzi, but my kids have been photographed for an article or two, and they have joined me on stage for my concert tours, as well as appeared in my videos and interstitials. People know and recognize them. That’s why I never bothered to mask their names in my postings. It seemed rather futile. That doesn’t mean that I post willy nilly about my kids. I don’t. I have specific rules that I crafted to serve as my very own digital moral compass if you will. I have dedicated rules for Instagram and for Facebook that I have posted about, but when it comes to pictures of my children, on any platform, I operate more from a list of “don’ts” than “do’s.” Just as a suggestion, a jumping off point if you will, here are 9 kid photos not to post online. (The example photos I have provided are all of yours truly. No kids were harmed in the making of these points.)
Yes, big brother is watching… and big sister, big cousin, big uncle… they are all watching. But guess what, we are watching them too, because that’s the world we live in. I’m all about leading by example in the work that I do, and I approach my digital footprint with the same attitude. I have rules, and standards that I adhere to as I conduct myself socially. I share those practices, not only with my children, but with my entire community. Let’s face it we are digital pioneers here. We are going to make mistakes, but if we share our journeys we can inform and mold the future so that the digital space won’t be quite so scary. Well, no scarier than life itself.
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