You’ve no doubt seen photos of babies posted on Facebook and other social media networks. But some question whether we are violating a child’s right to privacy by sharing pictures. A writer for Babble ponders this very modern question, one that has become a dilemma in this digital age.
After uploading several pictures of her own child’s first year on Facebook and Twitter, she got to wondering her child’s privacy rights. “Privacy-wise, Twitter is probably worse. But baby-in-your-face wise, it’s a little less intrusive since you have to click to see the pictures… but in hindsight, I realize that I was sharing my child’s pictures with a much wider audience than if I had posted them to my closed Facebook page. But does this violate his privacy?”
But obviously since the child can not express its concern, the responsibility of protecting a child’s privacy falls on the parents’ shoulders. So there are things parents should keep in mind, notes the author (who only goes by the byline Katie), such as not mentioning your child’s full name, being mindful of the types of photos and how the child is dressed (no nudes, please).
“There are some bloggers and some people who are active on social media who never share pictures and use pseudonyms. I understand why they go that route and respect their decision. But it just doesn’t feel right for me. It’s a hard balance because in some ways, sharing online for me is putting my needs ahead of my child’s privacy,” says Katie, who notes that sharing her stories about her child also results in others offering valuable help and advice at times.
But for many people, sharing is a way of letting followers and “friends” know the daily goings-on in someone’s life, not to offer advice. Do you feel that sharing a child’s photos on social media is a violation on privacy?