As a blogger, I spend quite a lot of time on social media and over the different platforms, see lots of pictures and stories of various children.
Recently joining Instagram, it got me thinking if sometimes we’re responsible for over sharing.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with sharing your lives and pictures with a wider audience, especially when blogs revolve around the family , and are enhanced by funny stories, pictures, or craft activities or whatever.
I post photos of my two on my blog, but it’s always back views, or partially obscured faces for privacy reasons.
Something like this when we went castle moat exploring.
As well as never mentioning names.
Pictures of children fast asleep in their beds oblivious to the fact that they’re being pictured and put on the internet for others to see, or of bathing babies etc.
The worst we ever had to contend with when growing up was the fact that mum or dad would whip out their camera and take embarrassing photos of you and put in the photo album to bring out in front of future boyfriends/girlfriends to embarrass the hell out of you.
Today’s children though have a bigger nightmare – the fear that their mum and dad may be uploading pictures of their tantrums, or discussing their toilet habits or whatever.
You just need to look at the immensely popular blog (and now book) Reasons My Kid is Crying to see my point.
Sure, it’s hilarious, I’ve had a good laugh at some of the tantrums on there (they’re funny because they’re so completely true! )
Do all the toddlers know and understand they’re being put up for adult’s entertainment though? Could be quite embarrassing when they come across it in later life.
Ditto with all the sleeping babies sucking thumbs (“M’uuuum! I can’t even sleep in peace without you showing everyone!”) or baths.
What goes online stays online, as they say.
Are you an oversharer? Or am I an over thinker?! :-)