Why I Don’t Share Pictures of my Child Online

Why I Don’t Share Pictures of my Child Online

Why I Don’t Share Pictures of my Child Online

I don’t share pictures of my child online, but I know that many other bloggers and small businesses do. So I know that this is a controversial subject. This post is in no way intended to be a judgement of others. It’s purely a discussion of the reasons why I don’t share pictures of my child publicly.

I do use photos of ragamuffin on social media and blog posts but only if her face is obscured or if the photo is taken from behind.

It does worry me that this could limit the number of brands who want to work with me. However, I feel very strongly about it and feel like I’d be selling out to change my views just for brands to work with me.

It’s not just on my own public profiles that I don’t allow images of my child to be used online. I also refuse consent for ragamuffin’s nursery to post pictures of her to any of their social media accounts or for them to use her images in any of their promotional material.

Image of a child with her back to the camera wearing a toy baby carrier with Mickey Mouse in it on her back. She is holding a mobile phone to her ear [Share Pictures Of My Child]
I don’t share any identifiable images of ragamuffin online.

Safety

I’m very cautious of what information I share about myself and my family online. My Facebook profile is restricted to my friends and family only. I also don’t allow my date of birth to be displayed by Facebook either.

I worry that if I put ragamuffin’s face out there that her identity could be stolen. So I don’t use her name or birthday in any of my public social media accounts or in blog posts either. I also know that once something is online it’s very hard, if not impossible to delete it permanently. It’s also not unheard of for innocent pictures of children to end up on child pornography sites. The thought of this would be enough to send a chill down any parent’s spine.

You might think I’m being a bit over the top, and maybe I am, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

Image of a child in a red floral hat, a blue coat with ducks on it and pink sparkly wellies. She is stood in a muddy puddle [Why I Don't Share Images Of My Child Online]]
Ragamuffin’s love for hats means that it isn’t too difficult to get non-identifiable pictures of her.

Consent

The main reason why I don’t share pictures of my child publicly is consent. As a 2 year old she isn’t capable of deciding whether or not she should consent to her face being used publicly online.
I’m not sure when it will be, but when she is old enough, I will give her the choice. I will let her decide whether she wants pictures of her face made public online. I preach a lot about teaching children about consent early and giving them control over their own bodies. If I were to start posting images of ragamuffin online for the world to see it would make me a hypocrite.

Image of a child wearing a blue and white polka-dot waterproof coat. She is holding a giraffe soft toy and is looking at a tropical parrot sat on a tree branch. The image is taken from behind the child [Why I Don't Share Pictures Of My Child Online)]
I like that photos from behind show ragamuffin’s view.

So Why I Don’t Share Pictures of my Child Online

The main reasons that I don’t share pictures of my child online are safety and consent. Identity theft and the potential of these images to fall into the wrong hands really worry me. I also worry that posting identfiable images of her before she is old enough to consent herself would make me a hypocrite.

I often wonder whether my background as a Software Engineer makes me extra cautious when it comes to sharing any personal information online. Sometimes I wonder if I makes me too protective – I’ll leave that for you to decide.

If you agree with me, or even if you don’t leave me a comment with your views. I welcome a healthy discussion on this subject.

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12 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Share Pictures of my Child Online

  1. I am in 100% agreement . I might share pictures in posts occasionally but they are never of his face and I rarely name him. I’ve known children who were groomed and it is always at the back of my mind. But also I’m aware that I am creating a social media imprint for him that I don’t control and I don’t know how those images may be shared. I don’t judge anyone else. Their kids, their choices.

    1. I was a bit worried about publishing this post, worried that other parents/bloggers thought I might be judging them. Thank you very much for reading and your comment, it’s made me feel a bit easier about putting this out there 🙂

      1. I can understand that. I was a little nervous about even starting a blog. I see so many pics for brand projects showing the full family. Would anyone want to work with me long term, which would be great in the long term, but I wouldn’t be comfortable with it. Again no views on people who do. Despite seeming like a chopsy one sometimes I’m also an introvert in many ways and occasionally feel like I want to hide away from my social media when I feel too exposed or overloaded. I try and be careful about what I post as a result.

        1. I can relate to so much of this comment. I was also nervous beginning a blog being a very private person myself and am always very conscious of what I choose to post to both personal and blog-related social media.

  2. I also made the decision when I started blogging that I didn’t want my children’s faces etc visible in my pics, they do feature but always from an angle that doesn’t identify them x

  3. I kind of sit in the middle, I think. I very rarely use pictures of my kids in my blog, mainly because it isn’t relevant. But when I do, I don’t really mind if their faces show. I never use their (or my) names, and don’t use any identifying features (like school ties, the town we live in etc). But like you say, it’s a personal thing, and if you’re not comfortable with anything more than you do then so be it. You shouldn’t ever compromise your own standards.
    #anythinggoes

  4. I don’t have children so I’ve never really thought about this in great detail, but I think you make an excellent point about consent. You can’t teach a child about consent properly while you are not practising it yourself
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

    1. I wasn’t sure how this post was going to be received so I’m glad you saw the point I was trying to make. Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. I’m in agreement with you on this one. If I feature my kids at all, then their faces will not be showing. I don’t include their ages, their names, my surname, where we live or anything like that on my blog either. I’m so cautious these days about images being stolen or their privacy being invaded that I feel this is the safest way. Thanks for sharing an informative post 🙂

    1. I’m glad you found it informative, I was a bit nervous about posting this for fear of offending other bloggers. I’m glad it’s not just me! Thanks for reading 🙂

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