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Parents, children, footprints and tattoos…

Do you know what I like about Facebook? Seeing family and friends sharing what they’ve been up to and the special moments in their lives. While I use Twitter predominantly for professional learning, I use Facebook for keeping up with friends and family. I love seeing photos of families, especially children having a good time. I share them too so that grandparents and aunts and uncles who live in other cities and countries can join in and enjoy with us these special moments.

It’s great that we can do this! Barriers such as distance have been broken down.

But what are we setting up for our children? No longer do we have albums on bookshelves at home which we share with family and friends when visiting, but now we have albums stored online. They might be secure (although I’m not convinced anything on Facebook is really secure especially when they regularly change their privacy/security rules and settings), but as a colleague of mine pointed out one day, by sharing pictures of our children we are creating not only our digital footprint but theirs too. We’re starting something that they have no control over. Is it a privacy issue?

We could be developing the digital footprint/tattoo for our children before they’re even born. What opportunities does it give them to control what, how and with whom they share things with?

Just something to think about…

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