We live in an online world. My 2 year-old can navigate through an iPhone, play games on the computer and choose his movies from Netflix. Whenever my mom has a question, I tell her to google it. And when it comes time to showing off my kids, especially to out-of-town family, I post pics and videos of them online.
I stick to posting photos on Facebook, which only my FB friends can view. And while I enjoy being able to show off my kids to friends and family that wouldn’t otherwise see them, I feel that posting my kids pics should only be done by me – not anyone else.
Take Christmas for example. I had an adorable video of my son posted on FB that showed his reaction Christmas morning. It won the hearts of my friends and family members, and one even blurted out, “He’s a YouTube sensation!” Whoa, I hadn’t posted anything on YouTube.
Many people post photos of other people’s children without thinking of how the parents may feel. Photos of friends or school functions are just some of the ways this can happen, as well as playdates and family gatherings. Yet even in our online world, recent polls show that the majority of parents feel that people should never post another child’s photo online without the parents’ permission.
I would have to agree. Not that I’m a stickler, but when I actually found out that my child was being viewed on YouTube without my knowing, it didn’t make me feel too good. And while innocent family members and friends may think there’s no harm in spreading your child’s cutesy photos, you may want to ask them to consult with you first.
Now after a playdate or outing, I make sure that I send photos in an email attachment. This way, the parents can choose to post them or keep them private.
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