Posting Photos of Other Children Online?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-08-2008
Posting Photos of Other Children Online?
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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 8:05am

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/posting-photos-of-other-peoples-children/

We all take photos at school plays, sporting events, graduations, whatever our children are involved with. We are a generation of compulsive documenters. But do we have the right to impose our decisions about what is public and private on other people’s children?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-08-2011
I don't care if people post my kids photos online. I never ask if it's okay to post, first. These days, it's just accepted that pictures will go online... if you don't want your kid's photo on facebook, then you need to tell other parents up front.

Besides, I don't get the hangup. Who cares?
Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
My ODD is a cheerleader, so her friends and the cheer moms are always posting those everywhere, and its just sort of an implied "its okay" thing. As for the smaller kids, I usually won't post other kids' photos in general, or if I do, I either set the settings where only certain people can see it, so its not public, or I'll fuzz out the other kids' photo in the editing process before posting online (unless its just a family member kid...). I don't know that it should be that big of a deal, but I know that some parents are very particular about it and I should respect their choice, and, some adults aren't always good about keeping private details off line, which you just never know what consequences that can cause, whether it be a bitter custody battle, stalking issues, etc.
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Community Leader
Registered: 04-08-2008
I really go back and forth about this! One one hand, I don't think it is a big deal. If you bring your children to a birthday party and someone is snapping pictures, I think that it is fair to assume that others will see the photos. When I post pics of my kids online, I try to crop the picture to keep out other children if they are also in the photo just because I don't want to upset anyone.

I will say that my SIL copied pictures off my Facebook page without permission and then uploaded them to her page. For some reason that made me upset. I don't know her friends or who is seeing them, or what her privacy settings are, so it was something that made me really uncomfortable. Weird?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-03-2011
Now, that's not okay; it's actually illegal! That's copyright/intellectual property theft. Pictures posted online are NOT free for the taking!
~CMod Heather Mom of 2, Elisabeth (5) & Rebekah (3)