Sharing is caring, that’s what we teach our children. But where are the boundaries when it comes to sharing pictures of your children online? Do you indulge in sharenting – the practice of over-sharing pictures and details about your children on social media? This seems to be a very divisive topic, and parents tend to have strong opinions about it.
For me, my stance has changed recently. Before I started blogging I thought nothing of putting a picture of my child / children onto my personal Facebook page. That said, they were pretty few and far between, and only the most cute ones made it on there (I always had that Goonies meme at the back of my head). I certainly posted a lot less than other people.
Change of Mindset
Since I’ve started ‘working’ as a blogger I post even less now. I think I’m more aware now that my children aren’t going to be happy when they’re teenagers and come across an embarrassing photo I posted of them years before. No one wants to see a picture of my son sat on the toilet, even if he is pulling a funny face. They’re not old enough to have a say at the moment, and I feel like I need to be mindful of it. Particularly on my business pages, where I do review products and services, I make sure that their faces can not be seen or they can’t be identified. I’ve no idea if I’ll still be blogging in ten years time, and I don’t want any skeletons being uncovered! Yes, I might be being over cautious now but there’s also the other factors.
What does the future look like?
Barclays have commissioned a report which says that by 2030, when our children are adults, they could be subject to online fraud worth over £600 million per year. This will be as a result of over-sharing of their personal information now. I’ve certainly been taken aback by this research; I’d never thought about the fact that information about my children such as DOB, name of school, my maiden name could be readily available on my social media accounts.
There are also many horror stories of photos of children being taken from social media and used for unspeakable purposes. These stories may or may not be an exaggeration (sadly I think it’s the latter) but it’s a risk I’m not willing to take. We also have no ultimate control over the data held by social media companies, in this day and age would you really be surprised to hear of a major data leak or hack?
The Way Forward
I’m not saying that my viewpoint is the right one, and I certainly wouldn’t want to censor anyone. My approach from now one will definitely be one of Think Before I Post, is what I’m posting free of personal information about my children?
* This is a sponsored post, opinions are my own and not endorsed by Barclays