Baby Photos Online: Yay or Nay?Rebekah Kuschmider
But you’ll have to take my word for it because I’m not posting pictures of her online.
It may seem like a paranoid mother’s neurosis but whenever I second guess my decision to keep my kids’ names and faces off the internet, I read something like this article from Huffington Post Parents:
Shannon Nicole’s children are stunning. Both she and her husband are pretty easy on the eyes, too, so the genes were clearly stacked in the kids’ favor. Many people thought likewise and enjoyed each new image she published on her parenting blog. One reader enjoyed Nicole’s baby photos so much, however, that she downloaded them and used them to create a fake family online. That’s when Nicole’s blog became the conduit through which one of her worst fears was realized.
Yeah, no. No, that’s not ok. I really, really, really don’t like the idea that anyone capable of a right-click could lift my children’s faces and use them in ways I never intended or permitted. Nope, nope, nope. These types of stories may be rare, and relatively benign, but it’s still enough for me to keep my kids faces out of my public social media life.
I’m not sure what event or article what it was that led me to stop posting pictures on my son on my blog but my privacy concerns were aroused enough that, a couple of years ago, I took all images of him down. Since then, I have posted no pictures of him on my blog, here on Babble, or on my public Facebook and Twitter accounts. I’ve followed suit with my new baby and kept her image off the social media outlets I use without privacy settings enabled.
Now, my personal Facebook account is littered with baby shots and anecdotes about my kids but my personal Facebook account is also pretty locked down. Only my friends are allowed to see my pictures and the account itself is set so it can’t be searched on Google. The people on my friends list are people I actually know and trust. None of them are going to use my kids pictures to create a fake world.
I know my decision to hide my kids from public view is probably overkill but as a parent, I have to make choices that I’m comfortable with at the end of the day. The most comfortable choice for me is to allow only the people I know to have access to my children – either in the real world or the virtual one.
Do you post pictures of your baby online?
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