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I’m going to start off this post with a little disclaimer. This post is not meant to offend any of my fellow blogging mamas or any of my mama friends who post photos of their children on social media. This is strictly my opinion and while it may not align with yours, it’s just something to think about. Let’s talk about this and discuss this together– as I’m very much on the fence on this issue myself.
There’s something that’s been weighing pretty heavily on my heart lately. Cory and I had a discussion a week or so ago about whether or not it’s time to start phasing Alea out of my blog and social media outlets. If I told you I haven’t been thinking about this exact thing for months (or longer) now, I’d be lying. I mean, it’s kind of a big deal. A bigger deal than we may all think.
As a blogger, I’m essentially creating an online profile of my daughter before she’s even old enough to decide whether or not that’s something that she wants. I know that she currently jumps for joy and asks me to take her photos and loves posing and being silly in front of the camera, but she’s not old enough to understand what it means to be on the internet. You know?
As a mother, one of our first instinct is to do everything in our power to protect our child.
This 5 minute conversation Cory and I had the other day about Alea and my blog has been extremely thought provoking. There’s really a lot to think about– especially for someone like me who has blogged for going on 4 years now and has been posted dozens and dozens of photos of her daughter on both the blog and social media. There’s so many pros and cons.
1. Documentation: I use my blog and social media accounts (especially Instagram as a journal of sorts. I love taking photos of her. I mean, what mother doesn’t love taking photos of their child? And sharing them and hearing everyone tell me “Oh she looks just like you” and that “She’s so adorable” just makes my mama heart swoon!
2. Family: We’ve either lived far from my family or far from Cory’s family and it’ll just always be one way or another. That’s what happens when you fall in love with a man when you’re 3 hours away from home at college, I guess! Needless to say, the main reason I started my blog is so our family could keep in touch with us and see what we were up to and of course see frequent photos of Alea.
1. Consent: Like I mentioned before, I have Alea’s “consent” to take and post these photos, but she’s far too young to understand what it means to have her photo posted on the world wide web. It’s a bigger deal than many of us may think.
2. Theft: People can steal the photos you post of your children on the internet. I know this isn’t news to a lot of you, I mean duh, all it takes is a “right click and save” or a “right click and copy” and voila, they can use the image however they see fit. It’s scary though when you think about it and I know many bloggers who have had their children’s images stolen and used elsewhere on the inter webs.
In essence, this isn’t a post “proclaiming” that I’m officially no longer posting photos of Alea on my blog or on social media. I just wanted to share my heart and share what’s really been on my mind with all of this lately. It’s just something to think about for all of us who share photos of our children and don’t really think twice about it.
At this point and time… I’m weighing the pros and cons and trying to decide what I’ll do moving forward. If you’d like to check out some other bloggers opinions on the subject I highly suggest you check out this post and this vlog.
While on the subject of keeping our kid’s protected, it’s also important to think about life insurance. I’m embarrassed to admit that I currently don’t have a life insurance policy on myself or Alea. After reading more about it, I can promise you that’s going to change in the very, very near future! Learn more about what to protect here.
What’s your take on this subject? Do you post photos of your kids on your public social media counts and/or blog? Why or Why not?