Has your mom or dad ever posted a photo of you on social media that you didn’t want anyone outside your family to see? In an age when people regularly share personal information on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, many parents post photos of their children on a regular basis. On average, a parent will post almost 1,000 photos of a child online before the child turns 5, according to a recent survey.
Parents often post photos on social media because they want to share their child’s milestones and special moments with friends and family. Some moms and dads do it as a way to connect with other parents. They may be seeking health tips or other parenting advice. Most parents don’t ask their children for permission before posting photos of them. They feel it is not necessary to consult their children first because the benefits out weigh any possible risks.
Other parents and child experts believe that kids older than age 6 should be consulted. They say that digital photos can stay online for many years and that kids should have some control over their online presence. Devorah Heitner is an author who runs workshops about kids and the digital world. She believes that parents should get their kids’ consent before posting their photos. “It teaches your child that his or her image is his or her own,” she told TFK. “It helps your child recognize that sharing is a choice and that some things are private.”
What do you think? Should parents get their kids’ permission before posting photos?
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