Do you post photos of your children to social media? Is your Facebook full of snaps of your kids or would someone new to your life have no idea you even have children? Rachel shares why she does share photos of her boys online.
This is a guest post by Rachel, mother of two boys and owner of the North East sling library in County Durham and Tyne and Wear..
I am a huge fan of Social Media and it plays a considerable role in my life. It also allows me to stay connected quickly and easily with friends and family in all four corners of the world. It allowed me to begin and build my business; staying up to date with issues in my industry and be in contact with fellow carrying professionals across the globe. I also get around 70% of my business from it. I use Social Media for both professional and personal reasons. It’s quick, easy to use and effective.
Although my use of Social Media though does drive my husband up the wall, it has kept me sane in some of the darkest moments of my life. Henry and Isaac are my world and they play an important role in what I share online. As “demo babies” at my sling library they have had their fair share of photographs taken of them being carried on my front, back and hip. With the arrival of a new sling there were photographs to share. I refuse to hire any carrier unless I have tried it myself. The ability to upload to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, even YouTube etc direct from my phone or iPad means photos and videos can be shared instantly. My phone, iPad or my camera are never far away.
Henry and Isaac are the reason that the North East Sling Library exists; so it was only natural to me to use them for photos. Photos of them exist on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, my website, YouTube and even Google Images and I wouldn’t change it. They are as much a part of me as my arm or leg.
Spending as much time as I do on Social Media (a day does not go by without me being tagged in one post or the other about carrying/slings) I often see photos of babies, children and even adults with their faces obscured, or posts stating “ I don’t share photos”. This saddens me a little. I understand why in cases of child protection/safety some would not want to share images but for the vast majority I can’t see a reason. Even in child protections I am saddened that this is what the world has come to; a life hidden. Some of the reasons I have seen given for not sharing photos are:
- Not wanting future employers to have information
- No choice for baby or child in how their image is used.
I see my photos to an online photo album. Gone are the days when we printed every photo and put them carefully in photo albums and stored them in the attic. Facebook and Instagram are my modern boxes in the attic. My settings on Facebook are pretty tight: friends only. The photos I share on public pages are ones of the boys in a sling or having fun. They are photos I am happy for anyone to see. They make me, and my boys, human; something which sometimes clients can forget. They show I have other priorities.
No the boys don’t get a say in whether I share a photo but they are old enough to say if they don’t want their photo taken, but neither did I get a say as a child when photos were taken and then shared with family at events.
I am not saying we should just do something because our parents did but that for me I can’t see the harm. For the past 7 years I have made decisions which I felt were right for my babies. I will continue to do so. If in 15 years’ time an employer finds photos of them online, what will they see? Securely attached children, nothing else.
I will keep snapping away and sharing photos of my family. God forbid if anything happened to me or my boys at least our photo memories would still be there.
What do you think? Do you agree with posting photos of children online?