CNN just posted an opinion article about how “Today’s 30-somethings are the first generation whose children are coming of age alongside the social Web.”
The article focused on Facebook sharing, but the same thoughts about personal privacy and sharing of pictures and stories obviously pertains to blogging as well. The quote that I’ve seen pulled from the article the most is this:
On the most basic level, we want to be able to tell our story about our lives. But, in the case of our children, a permanent and public story has already been recorded about them before they have a chance to decide whether they want to participate…
Hm, good point. When my blog was about my weight loss struggles and my TTC struggles, it was my story to tell, but now that it’s about Stella’s runny nose or pooping habits, is it okay to still be sharing
my her story?
Back in November of 2007, GGC wrote a really interesting post about this exact worry.
I called a family meeting and after much talk, decided to ceasefire on public displays of Archfection when Archer starts Kindergarten. … Because maybe Archer won’t care and we’ll all find that in the future, everyone is public with their lives. But there is also a chance that Arch will want to draw the blinds on his bedroom windows, and as a mother, respecting that possibility is my job.
I’ve thought about this ever since, and I have always figured that I would follow a similar mindset. Once the kiddo hits school age, I think it will be up to her if I post a picture or story about her, because those are her stories to tell, and I feel that the older my child gets, the more it becomes her right to control how her life story is shared with the world.
Finally, a quick note of advice about something I learned the hard way. In an effort to reduce my googleable online presence a few months ago, I moved my family blog to a URL that didn’t include my entire last time. Almost more importantly, I no longer upload pictures that I’ve saved as “SmithFamily.jpg,” (and I deleted files in the blogger picasa album with titles like that and re-uploaded the pictures with more boring titles like picture121.jpg). It’s sort of startling the first time you google yourself in awhile and you realized that OH SHIT, picture file names show up in google?! Maybe you’re thinking “duh Josey”…but maybe you’re thinking OH SHIT as well. You’re welcome.
*Do you put watermarks on your photos to help keep them from being pirated? Do you think it helps?
*Do you share pictures of your kiddo on the internet at all? Why or why not?
*Do you use your child’s real name or a nickname on your blog?
*Do you think that using a nickname makes a difference in how much you’ll share about him/her online?