When I started blogging Emmy was only 18 months old and it was an easy way to share our activities with family who are dotted all over the country and even the world.
Now she is 7 and a half I have become more conscious of what I share about the children and where that information is put.
I have tight security settings for my personal Facebook as that’s where I share the most pictures. I used to accept friend requests from all bloggers even if I’d not met but now I prefer not to. I’ve cleared out those I’ve never met and don’t talk to, they have no need to be there and can happily follow my blog FB page if they so wish.
I’m very aware not to show the kid’s school logos on the blog or anywhere on social media, I remove those before posting, crop out and blur any street signs if they are visible. I deliberately don’t mention their school by name, there is no need to have that out there.
I share pictures of the children, it’s difficult being a parent blogger to avoid this and they feature in my videos.
I would never share naked pictures of the children or ones in the bath or half-naked. I try to safe guard my children the best I can in a job which sees me sharing various aspects of our daily life just so publicly. Even when working as a Huggies DryNites Ambassador I wouldn’t show pictures of Harry wearing the pull-up pyjama pants and featured them with in the pack, on the bed or on his/my head instead.
As the children grow up they can choose which parts of our lives are shared and how much they feature but until that point I will remain respectful of their innocence and remember that everything shared online can be found and read by them at a later date.
We live in a world dominated by social media now and I do believe that it has a place, for most things that is……I do NOT think my children’s school opening social media channels on IG, Twitter and FB is appropriate however especially after the HUGE safeguarding issue which arose last week when we discovered their FB was in fact open for all to see and they shared details of school events meant for parents eyes only. Details which showed when the school would be open to all for a sports event meaning that anyone who wanted could in fact just show up.
This just proved what I had feared all along, it has no place being on social media, and the irony is…..the school gave a talk on internet safety recently and how to keep our children safe.
How do you protect your children in this digital world?