If you’ve been following this blog or any of my social media channels, you surely noticed I blur my children’s pictures. It’s an aesthetic abomination and definitely not the best community engagement strategy. As digital parenting is a popular thematic nowadays, I’d like to share with you all the reasons behind this choice.
In my professional life, I work with big data and I am familiar with its power. You’d be surprised how many of your daily choices are in practice influenced by data-based marketing strategies. The data we share, consciously or not, affects our lives greatly, sometime for good purpose (ex. government stats), sometime not.
Legally I have any right to share my children’s pictures on public channels. However, publishing photos on social media nowadays means giving up any rights on their ownership (you know, those terms and conditions no one reads…). It also means they can be seen, downloaded, and used by anyone. Without thinking of creeps, I’ve read more than once how some bloggers’ family pictures were used from other people, websites, or even for political propaganda, without asking for authorisation. When you publish your children’s pictures, you lose any control or right on them.
I’m sincere when I say I don’t judge parents who make a different choice. I actually enjoy several public accounts run by families and giggle at any Instagram baby pic. Personally, I don’t feel safe enough for the time being, and when I am doubtful, I always choose the option which minimises risks. I hope this posts offers an unconventional view on the matter and I’d be more than happy to hear other opinions in the comments section. How careful are you with your child’s online privacy? How do you evaluate risks? Drop me a line below. As always, thank you for reading!