A friend of mine posted a link on Facebook to an article on Slate about how this family NEVER posts anything about their kid online. It’s not because of the predators or nasty people getting a hold of her photos, as much as it’s all about how they don’t want her to have a digital footprint online until she’s old enough to decide it for herself.
You can read the article here: We Post Nothing About Our Daughter Online.
I think that the article is interesting. I don’t know if I agree or disagree on it 100%, but I do have some thoughts on it.
There are things we do & don’t do. We do put pictures of our kids on Facebook & tell little stories about them. There are no potty training stories & photos and there are no stories of either kid getting in trouble. That’s not fair & the whole world doesn’t need to know those stories. That’s between us & them.
I’ve slowed down on putting anything of them on my blog as far as photos are concerned. Yesterday’s post on here was the first photo of my kids on there in probably 2 years. When I started blogging I never thought of the implications of putting my kid all over the web. Hindsight is 20/20, I’m a lot pickier now. It’s reduced my blog content by a lot, but it’s worth it. I’ve heard too many horror stories from friends who blog to ever feel comfortable giving someone free reign on my kids. What I did in the past is done, but I can change it for the future.
When I do decide to tell a story, I get even pickier about the information I put on here about them, for example, I wanted to tell a story about Lboy the other day, but the way I had to describe it would have let anyone & everyone know the location of his bedroom in the house. The story wasn’t worth it. It may sound over the top, but there is enough data out there where people tell you to keep those details off the internet because there are sickos out there probing your kids’ information. Don’t make it easy for them to find.
I’m super strict about never posting that we are out of town or going on a trip. I don’t even like it when Todd tweets that we’re at the movies & the kids are home with a sitter. I never want anyone to know what I am currently doing, they should always know about it after it’s done, whether it is a trip to the beach or a trip out to a local park. No one needs to know my house is sitting empty. Want to call me paranoid? I wouldn’t until you read this: Thieves Robbed Home Based on Facebook & Social Media Sites.
There are bloggers out there who put everything in their world online, I totally respect them for it & sometimes wish I didn’t have that annoying voice telling me not to post things. It’s really what you feel comfortable with, for me, I don’t feel right posting as much as I did in the past.
And there’s my novel on the topic…..what do you think?