LiLast night I did something that I tend to do often; I posted a picture of my boys onto my personal Facebook page. My personal profile is set up so that only certain people can see pictures of my boys.
Then something happened that made me feel a little uneasy. A close family member shared my picture on their profile; to their list of friends (most of whom I don't know) who could then share with their friends, etc. etc.
I immediately went "momma bear" on this family member and asked that pictures of my kids not be shared without permission.
I am sure that some feelings were hurt.
I am the first to see the irony in all of this. After all, I am a blogger and I am constantly publishing photos of my boys for the internet to see. In fact most people that read my blog, I've never met in real life.
So why is it that this picture sent me into such a tizzy? Surely, sharing pictures with friends of family is better than sharing them with random strangers I've never met, right?
The fact of the matter is that the picture I posted on my personal Facebook page was a very personal moment with my boys. My oldest was wearing simply his briefs and I just happened to capture a moment where both my boys were content, happy and together. A moment that I wanted to share with close friends and family and definitely not one that I wanted to publish on the internet for the world to see.
The truth is, that while I am a blogger and my life is sometimes open to perfect strangers; it is always on my terms. I am the one that decides what pictures to share, when and with whom. I will never embarrass, humiliate or compromise my children in anyway for the sake of this blog or for the sake of a family member's feelings. This is the same reason that I never publish pictures of anyone's children on my blog without permission.
Just because I choose to share certain anecdotes of my family's lives on the internet does not mean that my entire life is available for publication. Technology today and things like Facebook and Twitter have made it so easy to share everything with just the click of a button, but we cannot forget that there are real people behind those images.
How do you handle privacy issues when it comes to what is okay to publish?
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