Moms Talk: Why I Don’t Mind Sharing Images of My Child Online
Most parents today are active on social media and, whether they prefer Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat, chances are their little one makes at least an occasional appearance. There is a growing number of parents though who’ve decided that they won’t share any images of their child online until they’re old enough to consent. These parents are often vocal about their desire to maintain their child’s privacy. But that doesn’t mean that those who share their child’s image online are doing so thoughtlessly. I decided to check in with parents who share images of their children online to see why they share. Check out what they said below!
They’re proud of their kids
Most parents who post images of their little one online are doing so because they’re proud of their tot and want to show them off! “I love putting up pictures of my son doing new things like crawling and walking,” said Maegan. Other moms reported that they loved sharing images of their little ones meeting new milestones like the first time trying solids, the first day of preschool, or the first time they participated in sports.
They want their far away friends and family to feel included
Families today are often spread across the country and beyond. Lots of moms who share images of their babies online do so to help far away friends and relatives feel included. “I put up pictures of my daughter because I don’t want to have to text pictures to all my friends and family members!” said Sarah.
They treat social media like a baby book
While social media isn’t necessarily permanent, parents often share images of their little ones that they want to look back on later. “I love when I see pictures from a year or two ago pop up on my timeline. It’s so cool to see how much my son has grown over the past few years,” said Asia.
They’re careful about what they post
Just because moms post images of their babes online doesn’t mean that they do so carelessly. Most moms who share images of their child consider what they’ll post and whether their child would be okay with it when they got older. “I never post anything I think would embarrass her later,” said Cheyenne.
They care a lot about privacy
Moms who post images of their little ones online are usually very careful about their privacy settings. “I’m only friends with people I know personally and I make sure that I never tag our location in any of our photos,” says Kia.