Posting Pictures Of Your Child

Posting Pictures of Your Child

Raising The Bar on TNT is a legal series executive-produced by Steven Bochco and airs on Mondays at 10P.M. ET/PT. On June 29, they will be airing the episode called “No Child’s Left Behind” in which they will be addressing posting pictures of your child on the internet. I was given the opportunity to watch this episode before it airs to give my opinion.

The premise of the show is simple. A father posts a picture of his son on his personal family and friends’ website. The picture is of his son getting out of the bathtub. The show covers this subject directly and really gives the viewer something to think about.

What do I think about posting pictures of your children online? That’s a tough one to answer. I wrestle with it every time I post a picture of my children. This is my opinion and I welcome yours. There are pictures of children all over the place. Children are in magazines, commercials and advertisements online and on television. Do we stop using children on television and in printed advertisements? I don’t think so. I don’t think that parents need to stop posting pictures on their websites, either. What I do believe is that you need to use good judgment when you do so. I would never post a picture of my children in the tub, getting out of the tub, or in any state of undress.

Recently, I posted a picture of my son in the ocean. It is a picture taken from a distance and I debated whether or not it was appropriate to post. I decided it was. There were other pictures that I decided were not. I loved them. I will show them to my family and friends, but I don’t want them on the internet. It’s a judgment call. It is me not wanting an innocent picture taken from my site and used for not innocent reasons.

An argument can be made that all pictures can be taken and used inappropriately. That’s where we go back to the question of whether or not children should be used for commercial television and print advertisements, as well as television and movies. I handle this subject one picture at a time. What do you think?



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