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Should I Put Pictures of my Children on My Blog?


Our Story:
When I first started blogging only a short while ago this was one of the first things to come to mind. The question, "Should I put pictures of my child on my blog?" At first, I decided not to post pictures of my child on my blog. I mean why take the chance? Then I started blogging and thought, "Well, it's kind of silly to be that overly careful." So, I started putting only pictures that specifically didn't show my little one's face: cute diaper shots from the back, and shots of him looking away, or down. Then the last step in my laxness was finally putting face pictures of my little one on my blog. They were so adorable, and he modeled the cloth diapers I reviewed on my blog. It was a win- win, or so I thought.

One day while checking my stats page, I noticed a list of keyword searches from Google that brought up my blog. In that list of searches was a group of keywords that someone used with the intent of finding horrible content on the internet. Instead they were led to my blog. It made me sick to my stomach. I'm not going to put what the key search word was in writing because I have since removed it from my blog. It was an innocent word in an innocent world, but unfortunately that is not the world we live in. The word was only on my site in two places, yet they still found me. Of course my site was not the kind of content they were looking for, but those eyes still saw pictures of my son. 
I realized that my little guy is more important than the air I breath, let alone a blog. The thought of one hair on his head being looked at in the wrong way was enough to make me lock away every picture I've ever taken..
So, I started doing a little research to find out if anyone else had ever had this problem. The results were terrifying. Here are some links to other mom's stories. So I posted photos of my kids online and this is where they ended up & Exactly why I don't post pictures of my children online.
My conclusion was to immediately delete all my son's pictures on my blog. I think I may end up keeping a few that don't show his face...but it won't be the cute diaper shots. I'm sorry to my readers. I'm sorry because this world is so messed up, but we have to remember...
"This world is not my home I'm just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore"
Facebook:
While I was doing my research, I went ahead and did a whole online cleansing. No, I did not delete every picture I have ever posted on Facebook, but I did log out then click on a link to my profile to see exactly what a stranger would see. It isn't too bad. You can view your Facebook Profile as the public would by going to this site www.AdjustYourPrivacy.com. One thing I will tell you is that the Cover Photos are public for anyone who wants to see them. As far as I can tell, you can't change that. There is an album called Cover Photos. I went in and deleted each and every picture that had our son in it. Then I went into my friends list (I mean who are these people anyway?) and I marked the people I didn't know as acquaintances and friends and family as such. Now, I can share photos with only close friends and family. Although it may take some time to recover from my initial "The world is a horrible place" shock, I will probably start posting pictures again more cautiously. Here are some links to other mom's Facebook concerns Why I'm done posting my kids picture of Facebook & Someone Is Stealing Pictures of My Kids....
Here is another link to a post that I found extremely helpful Pros and Cons of Sharenting - by the Guardian
Conclusion:
   I realize posting body shots, back shots, or even full pictures of clothed children is likely going to be fine, but for all that is good and holy people, DO NOT put pictures of your children in diapers, in the tub, or on the potty on the internet! There are people looking for that stuff. Don't let them find yours. I think I have decided personally (This is most definitely something everyone has to decide personally) even that slim, tiny chance of a picture ending up where it shouldn't is plenty reason for me not post any picture of my son on my blog. Maybe eventually I will post back shots and cute outfit shots of fully clothed little ones with no faces, but for now, my decision has been not to.      
     If you decide not to use pictures of your child on your blog try these ideas to take their place. For one, pictures of items take the place of personal pictures really well. What is your post about? Kiddos making jello? Take a picture of the jello. Kiddos playing in the garden? Take a picture of the garden. Maybe a post about hectic crazy day or a happy day? Then I like to use www.someecards.com you can create funny sayings on cards and then embed them in your post! A nice lighthearted funny picture in place of a personal picture. I have found blogging more pleasurable now that it is more worry free. Here is one more helpful link to helping keep your facebook, twitter, instagram and more private www.mypermissions.com.
    I suppose the final thought I'd like to leave with my readers is don't let this get you down and brokenhearted. I much prefer to write about happier things but this was something that I felt needed to be shared. Remember, God is still on the throne; He is still in charge, and we are still his children.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts
and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water
he turneth it whithersoever he will. Proverbs 21:1







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