Sharing Facebook Photos
Facebook has definitely changed the way that each of us share. For mothers, Facebook makes it easy to never miss a birthday and to keep distant family members up to date with all of the happenings of the family without ever picking up the phone, worrying about ordering pictures, or buying stamps. How time effective is that? Plus, it gives each and every one of us an excuse to be on Facebook because we can always tell people that we are simply sharing our life story with family members.
The problem is that every single millisecond, there are gazillions of pictures being uploaded from computers, cameras, and phones to Facebook. And regardless of what your privacy settings are set to on Facebook – these pictures are there for the world to see.
Recently, I uploaded what I thought was a completely adorable picture of my 5 year old sleeping on the couch with a witty and inspirational tagline. She was picture perfect, or at least I thought. The next day as her sister showed her the picture I uploaded on Facebook her reaction had me stunned. "Mama, you put THIS on Facebook and I am NOT wearing a shirt?"
Wow! I never really thought about that way? It sure was cure at the moment but when she is thirteen she might not feel the same way.
I knew a kid in high school that people called ‘Boogers' all because a picture got placed in the elementary school yearbook of him picking his nose during class. And he had to live with that photo the rest of his life.
In the years to come all of the pictures and videos, and BLOGS, some cute, some silly, and some downright embarrassing – will be THERE, on the computer – for the world to see. Your children will have grown up, but some kid in middle school will find that one naked picture you posted 8 years earlier. Or the video you posted of your child picking their nose. And suddenly all of those motherly moments that were so appropriate at the time become the seeds of resentment. “Mom, how COULD YOU?”
Or worse, some child predator will see these pictures and use the internet to find out everything about you – including where you live, when you are on vacation, and a bunch of other things you might have thought were private.
And then, it won't matter that the picture got 46 likes from friends and family members.
Very recently, I was shocked and awed at just how much information computer wizards could lift off of the internet – even with people whose Facebook accounts were 100% private.
I don’t know. I still think it’s fine to share pictures and videos with the world via Facebook. But I do wonder how this generation of children who have literally grown up for the world to see on Facebook will feel about all of this information in the years to come.
What about you? Do you think moms can post TOO MANY pictures and TOO MUCH information online about their children that might come back to bite them later in life? Or do you think those naked baby pictures are pretty much harmless?