Kids and Pictures

Because I’m fairly useless, I have to write 3 blogs today for class. If I had been a good student, I would’ve spread the 3 posts throughout the week.

Today is my birthday. So it’s a holy day and Easter. I’m 22 so please don’t make any lame 21 jokes. I’m a mature woman now, becoming more and more like my idol, Sonia Sotamayor. (I call myself little Sonia, or Sonia Sotamenor, if you will.)

Last night for my birthday, I went to Angus Barn, my favorite restaurant, for dinner and sat in the Wild Turkey Lounge, got a steak (I’m usually a vegetarian) and watched basketball. It was glorious. It was all very refined – meaning I paid attention to my posture and didn’t drink my Old Fashioned through the stirrer.

Friday night was a different story. My family took our neighbor’s kids to a matinee. It’s a 8-year-old boy and 4-year-old triplets (2 boys and a girl). We went to see Cinderella (it was okay) and then went to get pizza. It was hectic, we were an amoeba of chaos.  But those kids are cute, so I took pictures.

I feel fine taking pictures of them. I babysit them frequently and know the family well. I would love to show you all how cute they are, but I don’t post pictures of other people’s children online. But some people do, and posting pictures of kids is most popular on Instagram and a lot of people I follow do it. They post the kid they babysit playing in the kiddie pool or they’re camp counselor posting a pic with their favorite camper (If Instagram had been around 12 years ago, I’m sure the internet would be bursting with pictures of me.)

There’s nothing wrong with sharing a cute moment of a 5-year-old coloring, but I think you have to ask the parents. No matter what.

I’ve talked with people about this before and we’ve come to the conclusion that ethically, posting pictures of people’s children without their permission is a gray area. I don’t think it’s a gray area, but some people do.

They argue that photo uploading is so prevalent and multi-generational, that having a relationship with a child permits you to post their picture on your private account.

We share so much of ourselves on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter, that our generation has a different concept of privacy than even the generation before us, who are parents of small children. And though we might not think twice about uploading pictures of ourselves, we need to understand and respect that it may be our social media account, but it’s someone else’s child.

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