Okay, I’m forgoing SWW (sorry Shannon) to get on my soap box for a minute.
This topic of discussion is really non-negotiable with me. You can argue with me in the comments all you want, but I am not going to ever see this as okay.
Parents. Stop posting nude pictures of your kids online. Just fucking stop it.
I get it. I really do. Bare bums are cute. So are little baby toes and chubby thighs. Bath time is adorable. It’s hard to not take a photo and immediately post it for all to see and share in the cutes.
But people. Come on. You cannot post full frontal nudes of your kids and expect that to be okay. Baby wee wee's and who-haa's do not belong on Facebook, or your blog, or anywhere that has a goddamn IP address.
I won’t even go to the pedophile argument. You guys should know better by now. We don’t live in a 1950’s sitcom where it’s all sunshine and rainbows. People download these pictures and use them for sick kinds of enjoyment. Why the hell would you want to take that risk? Take two seconds to google your home and see how many registered sex offenders live around you. It’s terrifying.
But here is the other side. My generation was the one that was born growing up with the internet. We barely remember phones with cords and the annoying dial-up of AOL is a distant memory. Our lives have become so integrated with technology and the internet that we completely forget that what we are sharing with the world may be completely inappropriate.
Sure, our parents took those naked baby photos of us. But they stayed in a box. Or a drawer. They were brought out to embarrass you before the prom or to show your fiancé when he meets the family.
That cute photo you took of your kid standing up in the bathtub? That’s going to stay on a server.
We as adults have the right to consent to having our photos put on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, so it doesn’t matter. We give ourselves permission to share our lives in as much detail as possible.
But you’re forgetting about your baby.
Your baby is not an adult.
Your baby likely cannot form the words, “Mom I don’t want a naked picture of me on the internet.”
Your baby can’t object to the reality that in 20 years, they can google their names and find a photo of themselves in their birthday suit.
That’s why this enrages me and why it isn’t fair to your child. It’s dangerous, it’s reckless, and it shows a completely lack of respect and regard for the person your baby will become.
A young baby cannot fathom the consequences he or she might face having a photo like this made available to the public. With the way things advance, their very dignity could be at risk for a choice you as a parent made because you wanted 'likes' on Instagram.
And let’s be real while we’re at it. I don’t need to see your baby’s nether regions. My day is fine without it. When I have my own kids, I am sure I will appreciate and laugh like crazy when they are running around naked in the comfort of my own home. But not on the internet.
It’s just not okay.