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  1.' Karen Melhuish says:

    Great post, Tessa:-) Vanity searches can be eye-opening!

    I think your post raises a really valid question for parents, too. How much do we want to create digital footprints for our own children before they have a say in the matter? How comfortable are we if we – and therefore others – can find our children online? It’s hard to balance this with the drive to share our lives with friends and family – photos of family events, the new tooth, the birthday party – in a world that is increasingly online.

    My feeling is that parents be very selective about how and when they upload images and information about our own children, and that they never tag/identify them online – and that they urge friends to be just as cautious when posting photos from parties etc. too. Always ask before uploading photos of someone else/their children.

    There’s plenty of time for the kids to start creating their own footprint when they’re older – and then we can support them to do so responsibly.

    You might be interested in a blog post I wrote on this topic: 3 reasons why privacy online is the best gift you can give your children.

  2. I wonder then Karen- when is ‘older’?

    I would rather scaffold and discuss on line activity while children are young and suggestive to good practices.

    Although- like you- I find it creepy for parents to put photos of their kids as their Facebook photo because they don’t want their own images on line.

  3.' Tessa Gray says:

    This is such a hard one. I have enjoyed seeing photos of my new nephew arrive ‘unexpectedly” this week. My brother and his wife live in London and the story was amazing, so of course, the pictures were highly anticipated – both in Facebook and email.

    I set up a blog for my own son. It was originally designed to replace the Plunket book – to document special moments. It’s now become my letter to him. One day he’ll be able to go back – right back to the beginning.

    You’ve really made me think Karen, because I haven’t given him the choice. But hopefully, I’ve been sensible enough to set up privacy settings that protect his identity online. But then again – nothing is totally full-proof, because people that know about the blog can share the material on.

    Good point Allanah, teaching appropriate practices from the onset is valuable – so is informing our parents of these issues.

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