I’M probably one of those mums you’d call an over-sharer — within limits.
I don’t post nudey pics of our son on Facebook nor do I upload pictures to ridicule him.
But I do post pics of him playing with his cousins, sitting with his grandparents, hugging daddy and in a bath covered in bubbles.
So I was a little shocked to read a yarn suggesting parents posting pictures of their children on social media were potentially endangering that child’s life.
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“Sharing images of your children online … without their knowledge or consent may lead to problems for your child down the track, ranging from embarrassment to developing a poor understanding of consent and respect for themselves,” eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said.
I once did a baby massage course and had to ask my three-month-old son “permission to touch his body”.
This from a baby who required at least 10 nappy changes a day.
Imagine the nappy rash if I waited for his permission.
In a sleep-deprived state a few months back, I accidentally deleted every single photo I had taken on my mobile phone.
And no I hadn’t saved them to the cloud or backed them up.
They were gone. Almost 800 photos of my son’s first year of life.
From literally the second he was born to his first smile, first crawl … I was devastated.
I put out an SOS to my tech-savvy friends, called the Samsung helpline and downloaded apps promising to retrieve deleted photos.
The next day I went to a phone repair store where the owner couldn’t promise to get them all back, but for about 00 he could send my phone off to a forensic data recovery centre.
Four days later they retrieved about 400 — just not the ones I really wanted.
Then I remembered I had posted most of those pictures on Facebook.
And there they were — all those precious photos I thought were lost forever.
I now back-up my phone and save my photos.
And I still continue to post pics of my son on social media.