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.
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.
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.
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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