With social media it is so easy now to over-share. It’s a click of a button and always with us on our smart phones. Friends and family far away and we want to keep them updated on our family and bloggers who like to share their world with readers from all over the world. It’s easier to connect with people when they share moments of their lives that we can all relate too, especially when it comes to children.
When I first started blogging almost 3 years ago, I would not share any images of my kids. I slowly started to let the shield down and shared images of them, but never their full faces. Their names were (and still remain) private online and are known only by their nicknames. It was a parameter that I set on myself when I started blogging and one that I have relaxed on in some degree and won’t on others.
It’s been about a year since I stared sharing my kids faces. It does wonders for a blog which I can see in stats, readers and comments, but that wasn’t the reason for it. It became hard to tell the stories I wanted to with holding such a big part back, so I compromised and now share images … but never their names.
There are some parents who do what I would consider an “over-share” and post very typical and sweet images of their kids with their toddler bums running around the house, splashing in the tub during bath time or crawling with freedom from their diaper. They are sweet and innocent and every day images and real…. but they are also dangerous.
The top image is a screen capture from my analytics. It brought the person searching to a page of mine that had an image of my youngest in a post where I discussed that she doesn’t like to wear clothes. The image was “censored” so likely the person didn’t get what they were looking for and I can see they quickly moved on, but that had me worried for so many of my online friends who do share images — innocent as they are — that are more what someone with pedophilic issues are looking for.
It was my decision to share my life with the world via this blog and the last thing I want (and surely all of you want) is for any harm to come to our children because of it & I certainly do not want my images to be fodder for someone else’s disturbing behavior. I am not saying you should stop, but gently pointing out that perhaps you should give it a second thought before you share those images of your children, as innocent as they may be, with the whole world, because you really never know who’s reading.Share This Post: Tweet