Over the last five or six years, I’ve fallen in love with several different babies and kids and their mamas on Instagram. There was the adorable relationship between a boy and his dog during nap time known as Theo & Beau, costume napping created by photographer Laura Izumikawa which started out of boredom while her then 4-month-old daughter, Joey Marie Choi, slept, and many, many more.
As I inch closer to having my own child (11 more weeks to go), I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about children and social media, more specifically what my comfort level is on sharing my children on social media.
Is it safe? Is it my right to start building the social graph of another human without their consent? If I do, will my kids be upset later down the line that their entire lives are on the internet or will that be the norm? Is there a difference between posting baby photos vs. toddler life and so forth? How much is too much when it comes to sharing on insta-stories? Will photographing and filming them constantly have ramifications? Am I breaking some sort of trust by sharing their lives with strangers everyday?
I don’t have the answer to these questions. These are just the things that I’m thinking about, and I’d love to hear what you guys think. Do you or did you put your children on social media? How did you decide? What are the parameters? Anything else I should be thinking about? Or perhaps you don’t have children but have thoughts on the matter? And lastly, are there moms you like to follow that you think are doing a good job with balancing their children and social media?