Parents posting photos of their kids online - yes or no?

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One of my closest friends has twins who are about to turn one. They are beautiful boys and whenever someone goes to see them, I can expect that the visit will inevitably be followed by their photos being posted on Facebook.

I’ve never seen too much of a problem with this, but it seems that a lot of people do. A recent Time article reported that while 94 per cent of parents post photos of their kids online, there are contrasting opinions about whether this is the right thing to do. There are those that think it too early for a person to have a social presence (even via their parents’ accounts), and others that see it as a way to keep the family connected and united.

Personally, I think it is inevitable: the way of the world is social media, this is how people communicate their lives, and there aren’t many who are going to boycott it altogether. For those who try, they’d probably still have to admit that in such a dynamic environment, there’s enough new information flowing in for older posts to quickly be forgotten anyway.

However I can understand the concern. Some argue that nothing would be worse for a teenager than setting up a Facebook account and finding their whole lives already documented (should they Facebook-friend their parents, that is). I have to say, I am very grateful that the social media bandwagon only pulled up in my university days - meaning that many embarrassing photo moments would not get a chance to be immortalised (think tasteless outfits worn to high school parties, unsuspectedly awful hairstyles and just the entire awkward teenage stage really).

The other issue being brought up is that fact that if parents are so “sharing” with their information online, it makes it harder for them to then teach their kids to keep their privacy intact as much as possible on their own profiles. What do you think? Should parents be less sharing online with information about their kids, especially photos? Or are we just creating problems that don't actually exist?

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