Is it time to stop sharenting?

Hey what did we all think of Apple Martin publicly scorning her mother Gwyneth Paltrow for sharing a pic of her on Instagram?

After posting the picture the star’s daughter – whose face was mostly covered because she was wearing ski goggles – commented, “Mom we have discussed this. You may not post anything without my consent.”

LOL.

Gwyneth’s reply was – “You can’t even see your face!”

Now it’s no secret that I am very nervous about sharenting.

I have always been extremely careful with regards to posting pics of my kids publicly online. As in, I rarely do it, but having said this I have posted pictures of the backs of their heads or them in ski goggles, and so now I’m wondering whether even this type of sharing is dodgy?

Now a lot of people I follow on instagram have built their feeds around sharing every aspect of their family life from – shitting on the potty to bedtime tantrums, but let’s remember these children have no control over what’s being put out there. Will the issue of consent be a factor to consider in the very near future?

Let’s put ourselves in their position, when I was a kid I was born with dislocated hips and had an operation where afterwards I was in a plaster cast from my ankles to my chest, with legs spread eagled and bars across to hold them in that position.

I know, it was a strong look.

Now the cast had a slit – right in the peggy and bum area – for me to pee and poo out of, which must have been fun for my mum. You see a nappy didn’t fit and so whenever I’d scrunch up my little nose and start shitting, she’d have to dive – potty in hand – like a football goalie in order to catch said shit.

Nice.

Now then, if I was a millennial, there is no doubt my mum would have shared those baby pics of me on Facebook. And in all those pics, my squished little lettuce would have been on show for all the world to see.

And I wouldn’t have liked it. Not one bit.

Now, apart from being merely displeased or embarrassed of images shared, could we also see cases of children taking legal action against their parents for what is posted online? In France for example, there are strict laws where parents could face fines and even a jail sentence if they post photos online that are deemed to violate the child’s privacy.

Anyhoo, don’t want to scare you, but maybe your sharenting habits are something to carefully consider.

Perhaps before you post a picture of your kid online – stop and think, will they be displeased with this content in years to come? Will they feel exposed or humiliated? And will they feel like they’re privacy has been violated?

Because Apple Martin did.

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