There seems to be a lot of hoo-ha at the moment surrounding people using images of their children. It’s more specifically around the ‘influencers’ who include pictures and videos of family life, and a lot of the time benefit from freebies or even sponsorship by doing so.
But it does get you thinking about your own approach to your children’s privacy. We have always been fairly open about what we share on social media and I clearly have no problem with images of my children being online. If they turn round to me when they’re older and decide they don’t want any more images of them put out there, then I would be more than happy to comply with their requests. Or once they’re old enough to decide which images or videos they do, and don’t, want online then again that’d be something I’d leave up to them to decide.
I have a lot of respect for people who choose to keep their children completely off Facebook or Instagram – I think if that works for your family then it’s a really honourable thing to do when you must be tempted to pop up a cute snap from time to time! But for me personally, I think providing you’re not silly with it then it’s also fine to make the decision – as we have – to share images of our children.
I also wonder where people have complete blanket bans on their child appearing on social media, how that’s adhered to when they’re out in public. I know I try and be vigilant about what (or who) is in the background of any pictures I take at soft play or baby groups. Not so much on my Facebook as that’s private, but on my public Instagram I try and pop an emoji over the faces of any children who happen to be running around in the background of pictures I’ve taken. But I’d imagine many others wouldn’t even think twice about putting the picture up without checking if there are any identifiable faces in it?
As I mentioned before, I do think it’s important to have certain limits when it comes to posting images of child. For example I’ve never taken, yet alone shared, a picture of my children naked. You’ll find ones of them in their nappy or in the bath where only their top halves are visible. But I do cringe a bit when I see totally naked pictures of babies on social media.
For me though, sharing images of my children is a lovely way to share with family and friends who may not live round the corner and see them all the time – and getting Timehop notifications about what we were doing this time last year or the year before is really uplifting too.
I think it’ll be interesting as we go forward what our children decide for their own children – who will presumably be even more tech-reliant than we are!
Harriet, Alexandra and Max x