Thinking about this subject a lot lately, what with ripping video to share and gearing up for the stretch run of the pregnancy.
How much do you share about your children online?
I know a couple friends who obfuscate their kids’ real names, but talk about them openly. Rich (@rmanalan) told me today he dialed down his public sharing of photos and videos years ago, prior to the rise of Facebook.
I plan to keep my daughter’s name and photos of her as scarce as possible in public and Facebook forums, if only because she might not appreciate it later in life. Sure, my intentions would be pure, but who can tell how employers will view internet content in 20 years?
I suppose people of my age are lucky; we’ve always been adults in the age of interwebs, which limits the exposure of embarrassing mistakes everyone makes early in life. The Millenial generation and those after them aren’t so lucky, and we’re already seeing the fallout that errant Facebook statuses and foolish Twitter updates can have.
Facebook is especially tricky, since any given person’s network contains a wide range of people, all with different levels of connection. Do you know exactly what friends of your friends can see of your News Feed?
Plus, Facebook’s privacy is ever-evolving to suit their business needs, not your child’s longterm interests.
Obviously, that my job as a parent. So, I need to think deeply about the implications before making choices that could affect her later in life.
And I’m sure you all have thoughts on this subject, so please share your thoughts in the comments.
Speaking of kid’s and the internet, how about these eight-year-olds who published a study on bees in a legit scientific journal. Huzzah for them.