I have been thinking about this quite a bit lately and I have decided to really start limiting the photos I put of the kids on my blog. I know this is one of the reasons why I created my blog was to give moms ideas with their children. My fear as a parent is some moron will steal my photos, change them in some way and post them for the world to see on a public site. This fact personally scares the crap out of me because I have no control over who sees my kids and what they put on there (my kids names or whatever). With the computer age I am well aware that there is no real privacy but to have some Tom, Dick or Harry take my photos, add something to them and re-post them as their own. In my opinion this is an invasion of my privacy and goes against everything I have ever been taught. I have had a person steal photos of my children and claim them as their own in the past, which led me to watermarking and not using names of my kids. I really started thinking about this then but I decided against it because my blog revolves around arts, crafts and my kids. The catalyst was: I had a couple good friends go through the FUBAR of having to get their photos removed from a site. Did you know if someone does that you have to prove you are the rightful owner of the photo and it can take up to a MONTH to get photos removed!? I guess my point is once again if you didn’t take the photo, you don’t own it and can not do what you please with it.
My kids are a huge part of my blog (and my life) for that reason I am going to start limiting the photos. For example when my kids “help me” on a project I will show their hands but not their faces. Maybe I am just being paranoid but my kids did not ask for this blog, I did. I am not ashamed of my family in any way shape or form. In fact the opposite is at work here I am very proud of my family and want to protect their privacy.
I still plan to show the kids every now and then but they will not be as prominent as they have been in the past. I know this will upset quite a few people because they enjoy seeing pictures of the kids but please understand I am trying to protect my family from crazies (lol – I am well aware the world is full of them but it helps put my mind at ease.)
|My favorite Far Side Cartoon EVER! When I worked at the hotel, this was laminated above my computer on my desk!
I totally understand Amanda and with that kind of people around I don't blame you. I had the same experience thankfully it's only my pictures that were involved, an unsavoury individual thought it would be ok to use them for their own work of 'art' ( I use that term loosely as using a software to tweak a picture with a couple of settings is hardly artful but I digress). The fact that this person lacks the understanding that using someone else picture(s) without permission is a felony just goes beyond the pale of his/her intellectual curiosity. I'm glad I finally got my pictures down on a picture hosting platform this person was using recently but it took time and distressed me, again something this person can't comprehend as he/she pretends to be blissfully unaware of their hurt. Anyhoo good call Amanda, it's a shame a few sociopaths have to ruin it for the rest of us ! 😦
I think you've made a very wise decision Amanda. Just show hands and feet. Don't put their faces out there while they are still children. Have a great day!Hugs XXBarbara