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Why This Mom Doesn’t Post Photos of Her Daughter

Babies can't consent to what their parents post on the 'Gram — that's why this mom wants to talk about children's privacy and their digital footprint. 👶🤳

Less Sharing is Caring

While most children have a digital footprint before their 2nd birthday — this mom didn't want that for her daughter. Writer Sara Gaynes Levy and her husband don't post photos of their daughter on social media. In their first few years, babies are routinely exposed online — naturally, without their knowledge.

“My husband had asked me while I was pregnant with our daughter if I would be OK with not posting her online and at first, I was really kind of taken aback by the question. I post a lot on social media. He gave me a lot of reasons that he felt it was an invasion of her privacy. He felt like she didn't have the ability to consent to her image being out there, especially when I'm living my life kind of in a public way. It felt really isolating at first because when your baby is a newborn, you’re in your home so much, especially as a mom, you're trapped under a baby that you're feeding and really all you have is your phone as a lifeline to the world.”

“My personal platform is not that parents need to stop posting their kids altogether, but I think it is a valuable exercise to think about what it would be like if you Google yourself now and found out that all your bath time photos were online. Not even bath time photos — everything you ever did was hashtagged and archived. She'll never have to go through that moment of being like, “You need to scrub the internet of me, Mom. I can't believe how embarrassing this is.” Obviously, I'm sure I'll do plenty of other embarrassing things, but it's a big relief to know that that's never a conversation we're gonna have to have.”

Gaynes Levy says friends and family now directly ask her about her daughter’s milestones. She says it also forced her to highlight other aspects of her life. Gaynes Levy occasionally includes her daughter in her posts. She says parents should have a conversation about the digital footprint they’re creating.

Brut.

07/13/2019 10:19 AM

12 comments

  • Yash S.
    07/24/2019 11:41

    Now this is a serious issue . What a crap!

  • Nudrat S.
    07/24/2019 04:41

    There is logic in what you thought. BUT those childhood photos are the biggest flaunting memory to a child when he she grows up..she will be so outraged at the look of these photos with her face as emoji

  • Farha S.
    07/23/2019 18:34

    Muhammad Saad.. Dont expose asmara

  • Somya C.
    07/23/2019 16:39

    😮

  • Priyanshu O.
    07/23/2019 15:29

    Americans think too much! Everywhere!!

  • Roshan P.
    07/23/2019 12:08

    True. People should stop post their new born photos on Internet.

  • Shreyas S.
    07/23/2019 08:16

    This is what they want to cover today? 😂

  • Papia D.
    07/23/2019 08:09

    All thy bast

  • Papia D.
    07/23/2019 08:09

    Ok fain profile influential people thanks good after noon

  • Vanisa N.
    07/23/2019 05:42

    I'd understand if the parents were very famous, high profile/influential people whose kids lives would be affected or would be put in danger BUT for regular people no one cares whether you post your kids pics or not. Just be vigilant with who you add on social media.

  • Md W.
    07/23/2019 05:33

    Wtf is this ? What's new in this thing ?

  • Edwin J.
    07/23/2019 05:28

    Ain't yall got better shit to do