Is it smart or safe to post pictures of your kids online?

Kids online…do you post your kids photos online?

Kids online

A Day at the Beach…Martha’s Vineyard

Your kids’ online history and its meaningfulness, think about it before you publish pictures of them and stories about them online.

I think very carefully before I publish anything online but especially if it is personal, because it will be out there in cyberspace FOREVER!

Some parents and grandparents are afraid of abductions, pedophiles and stalking…all  things considered these concerns can be minimizes if you follow certain guidelines.

Think before you click on PUBLISH !

  • Privacy rules even for kids online
  • If I would not want to see similar pictures or stories about myself published then I should not publish such stories about my family online be it on social media or a blog.

Here is my comment on a post about safety and pictures of kids online.

Good info…always keep in mind that your children are people too and they will grow up….ask yourself if you would want this photo posted if it were you when you were a child. Ultimately, if we have respect for our children we will be guided as to what we should post or not post. The online history of our children will follow them around for a very long time to come and its meaningfulness is still in question.

Is it safe to post pictures of your child online? – Chicago.


What do you think about your kids online presence?

Sharing your kids online…how much is too much???

A brouhaha broke out on Instagram recently over a picture of a 3-year-old eating ice cream while taking a bath. The issue was not about eating ice cream in the bath tub — truthfully I think the concept is brilliant — but instead, everyone freaked out about the blogger publicly posting a full frontal nude photo of her child for the viewing pleasure of her 25,000-plus followers.

via Sharing ‘cute’ naked photos of your kids online: Just don’t –

I have written before about children whose lives are being shared on the internet.

It seems that there is little thought given to how these kids will feel when they are older and happen upon these “stories” about themselves and their families.

It seems that there should be more thought given to the impact that this life sharing can have on a child…this is really uncharted territory. There has never been a generation that has experienced their lives being basically “open books” much less shared with basically the whole internet world with their mom commenting on it.

The therapist part of me says that in the not too distant future this is going to pose a problem for today’s children especially when their lives have been the topic of a mommy blogger since they were born.

In particular, I would pay particular concern to those children, whose lives are basically being exploited by their own parents…by that, I mean that their family “business” or “dirty laundry” so to speak has been blogged to essentially any and all who choose to read it. It is like “Honey Boo Boo” without the cameras. In the not too distant future these kids will be able to read what has been said and commented on…what are they going to think?

I guess what I might do is ask everyone who blogs about their family to read their posts very carefully and ask themselves if it is something that they will want their children to read in the future. Will it follow them around like a big shadow that they simple cannot shed and will they resent you for it in the end.

Parenting carries with it a huge responsibility and keeping your child safe is something that should not be taken lightly…”15 seconds or really a life time  of internet fame” …is it really worth it?