There was an article in the local paper on Sunday about posting children pictures online.
"92% of kids now have some sort of online presence by age of 2...Moms and dads post endless streams of photos on Facebook..." Yup, yes, I do. They also have their own blog that I update weekly.
"...My kids can get cyberbullied when they get into middle school because of the then-cute, now embarrassing pictures I posted of them as babies." "...pictures can be used for advertising without my knowledge, or for something possibly illicit in another part of the world. If it takes a long time to potty-train him, some employer down the road may find that in the background check and think he's slow." "There's no reason to be super-paranoid, but don't post any pictures you wouldn't want any stranger in the world to see and use for their own purposes...privacy settings are not foolproof."
It creeps me out that a picture of my boys could be taken out of context, their head taken off, and put on a child-porn site on another kid's naked body. I actually had a conversation with my mom about this awhile back (before this article came out and confirmed it for me) and ever since I've stopped posting pictures on this site which saddens me. I love, LOVE the pictures I have of my kids. I love taking pictures. I would love to post them and have pointers given as to how I could take a better picture. I also feel that pictures help you, my readers, connect with me, the writer, and it saddens me that I don't feel comfortable doing that. I'm so torn.
Readers--what are you thoughts on this? What precautions do you take?