Experts have called for parents to STOP posting pics of their kids. Not for safety, but to save their adult blushes
How much of your social media activity is about your children? Most parents think nothing of posting photos and info about their kids on Facebook. But now we’re being warned to think carefully before doing this, and not for the reasons you think…
There isn’t much I don’t share about my kids online. I have been hard wired to post and publish all cute moments, developments and special occasions on Facebook. It’s like a default mechanism. I never think twice.
National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell says it's time for parents to rethink this habit. We're so busy lecturing teenagers about what they should and shouldn't post online but are forgetting to be cautious about what we are sharing because it could embarrass them later in life. Like, when they are a high court judge and there are pictures of them naked in a tub in the backyard for all to see...
"As adults we often tell children to be careful and to avoid images or information being made available to people who don't know you," she told the Courier Mail. "These are the things we should be thinking about ourselves."
She makes a good point that once a child turns 18, photos can't be posted without their consent. So the 18 years worth of photos mums and dads have made public are still out there, without their consent.
This begs the question - do parents really have the right to post information and photos about children without their consent? Sure, kids are often too young to understand and comprehend what it means for their parents to share information and post photos. So should we go back to telling stories to friends, family and work colleagues only? Should we go back to showing photos of our kids only to a select few?