Putting Our Kids on Social Media (Ep. 3)

Deciding to put your kids on social media is how many of us share what is going on in our family’s life. Some people share everything and others, like me, share almost nothing. I have been skeptical about the impact of pictures I put up of my child on social media.

I do go on social media pretty much every day – the usual – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – but don’t post much and mostly like something and sometimes wish people happy birthday.

As I have said in the podcast, I am a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. I have seen girls that are talented enough to make the team, but pictures and posts they have put up on social media have caused them to be cut before making the team. The first time I remember this happening was back in 2011. Watching this show has publicized how important it is to make sure you are careful about what you put out on the internet and how it can affect you years later.

Being a teacher also makes me cautious about posting on social media. I do try to be mindful of what I post, but I am always concerned that something will be misconstrued or misread. My solution for this is to not post anything.

However, I find that this complicates my life a bit. When I got married, unless you were invited to the wedding, you didn’t know I was married. When this podcast was released, most people did not know I had a child.

I’m still trying to find that balance of using social media. Although I know that I will be on social media more with this podcast, I’m not sure when I’ll put my son for people to see.

What are your suggestions? How did you decide to put your family on social media? Comment below and let me know.


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