Sharing children online

Before I had children I always vowed I would never be one of those people who relentlessly post photos of their children online.

Until I had kids and they turned out to be pretty cute.

But there’s something to be said about privacy. Wherever I share photos or anecdotes about my children online, I make sure it is strictly hidden from anyone other than those who follow me and is private and secure.

I’m really not sure how I feel about so many people sharing photos of their children to thousands of people. Not just the photos but the embarrassing stories that someone at the kids school could see and use it to make fun of the child. When people share so much of their lives online, it creates a false image of that person’s life.

Kids have no say in what we put online.

I grew up having anything embarrassing happen in private. Thankfully there are no videos and hardly any photos. But our children won’t have the same luxury and we can’t be certain that things that are put online won’t come back to haunt them when they are at an age where they can google themselves.

I am trying to be really careful in what I share online but at the same time I want to be realistic. I believe it is all too easy to show it’s all sweetness and light and that having twins is the most fabulous thing ever. Don’t get me wrong, it is a lot of fun and it really is wonderful. But at the same time, it’s really bloody hard.

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