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Thursday, 3 August 2017
05:48:11 PM (GMT)
I was reading an article by the BBC about a recent opinion poll that showed that 56%
of parents in Britain would not post images of their children online at all. Not only
this, but 70% of those asked said that they did not think it was OK to share images
of others without permission. 

I think most people are smart enough to know that once an image is posted online it
is pretty much online in perpetuity and by posting an image online you give up a
certain degree of your privacy. Is it within the rights of a parent/guardian to make
that judgement call? I can understand that asking a young child for permission may be
pointless and even impossible but an older child under the age of 18 should surely
reserve the right to decide whether they want their face online, right? It's one
thing to send a photo on a family group chat or closed group but it's another to
share it with the world. It doesn't seem morally right to share with the world your
child's face for the sake of your ego and need for compliments. It's not that big of
a deal, I suppose some of you would hold the opinion that it is harmless, but we are
getting to the point where it's not uncommon for children to sue their parents, so
it's worth thinking about. That was initially a joke in my head, unfortunately
there's a funny reality to it.  

Another point to make is that it may be a parent's duty of care to keep children from
excessively posting pictures of themselves. Recently, the social media platform
'Instagram' was rated as "the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact
on young people's mental health", showing that our new-found frenzy for selfies is
damaging our youth. Obviously no one can just stop kids from posting without being
met with a tirade of abuse; no doubt teens labelling you a fascist and sending shit
through your front door or whatever you believe Millennials do to retaliate. My point
is, you cannot expect to force their way of life to end, you just have to prove that
it's not worth it or provide a more attractive alternative. To be honest, I don't
have any answers or solutions, but I'll bet someone does. The law of total
probability can't fail us now.

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