Yesterday on my way home from work I heard a staggering statistic that made me think.
By the age of 5 most parents would have posted over 973 photos of their children on social media including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
**Before I even get into this if you post photos of your child alone more kudos to you and you do what is best for you and your family. What I am about to share is what Mr. Big Truck and I feel is best for our family.**
That got me thinking. That is nuts!
Now I am sure y’all have noticed that we do not post photos of #babybigtruck alone forward facing unless there is someone else in the photo with her, or her face is obstructed, and by someone else I mean an adult. You will also notice that I watermark all our photos right across her face. I do not care that it will interfere with being able to see her. Her safety is more important to me than anyone on the internet being able to see her face clearly.
You know what else you wont see on this here little blog or on any public social media? Her name. We will only call her #babybigtruck on here and IG. On Facebook we will occasionally use her name but even still most of the time we will refer to her as #babybigtruck. Mr. Big Truck and I will also delete comments on IG if someone uses her real name. I recently had that happen actually. I personally reached out to the person who used her name and told them that we do not want it out there and that I was going to delete her comment and ya know what she was okay with it. Even if she was not I still would have still deleted the comment. It’s called internet safety. My daughter is only 1 and has no say in what is posted on the internet of her. Until she is old enough to understand what the hazards of posting on the internet are we will be the one to make those decision.
Ya know what else I will do? I will ask others NOT to post photos of my child especially if they are taking photos of my child alone. To this day I have not had any issues with this and I hope never to have them.
Call Mr. Big Truck and I over protective or what have you but we are her parents and we make the rules.
So why do we have these rules?
Because there are so many crazy people out there who are stealing photos and trying to pass them off as their own. I have heard it happening to so many people. Some people who I know through social media have gone through it and it breaks my heart.
Because there are so many child predators out there who troll social media to find their next victim and learn all they can about them so they can get their grubby nasty hands on them and do whatever it may be to them. Sick I know.
Because her safety is on us.
I know I can not protect her from everything but I also know that Mr. Big Truck and I are on the same page and have discussed this issue and we are on the same page about all of this.
If you are a parent I would STRONGLY suggest you to think about this before you post any more photos of your child/ren alone.