We each have our own comfort levels with how much we choose to divulge about our offspring and when it comes to social media, people can get quite vocal about it. My own feelings on the issue have evolved over time. My personal Facebook account is set to private (read: barely used) but I might occasionally include them in a profile picture. Sometimes other people tag my children without my consent or when their account isn’t necessarily private but I’ve started to relax there too.
When I first started blogging my kids were referred to as ‘Baby and Mini Savage’ and now that all just sounds rather naff – and possibly more able to cause them embarrassment than any picture might – so for now they are ‘my son’ and ‘my daughter’ or even ‘the baby’ until I work out where to next.
There are certain things I’ll probably never be comfortable with – semi-naked shots or someone from Russia requesting permission to republish these shots in a street publication but I try not to be dismissive of other people’s levels of comfort.
I’ve read remarks that refer to the cutting and pasting of our children’s heads onto child pornography or that children are being treated like property – their names and images given out freely without any prior thought for consent. Given that most child abusers come from within our own families or communities, I find that a little bit excessive.
Some reports state that child abusers are using social media to share their own horrific images and not stealing the innocuous stuff that parents might display but there does seem to be a significant fear that no image is safe. Maybe it’s not – I don’t know – but plenty of people choose to celebrate their children through art, social media or even through the local preschool newsletter. Many feel they are letting child pornography win by choosing to hide away every image of their child. I think there’s some validity to both sides of the argument I just wish people could discuss it with less judgment.
What are your comfort levels with how much information you release about your children?