It’s hard to resist sharing pictures. In fact, I love seeing pictures of my grandkids that live across the country as well as old friends and colleagues as they grow their families and share their activities. As I read more about the need for privacy, I want to be more cognizant of what I am sharing and how. It is important to check your privacy settings and turn off location services before taking pictures of your kids especially if you are near your home. Be careful about posting picture of other people’s kids even if you have permission from their parents. I had an amazing picture of a child holding my book, “Vegetable Kids in the Garden” at an event. I asked her mother if I could take the picture. Then I decided it would be better not to share the picture on social media even though it was taken at a public event. I shared it on my newsletter last month because I have more control over my own media.
We can have fun sharing with friends and family on media as long as we remember the purposes of these platforms is marketing our information and selling products to us. We can think of ourselves as NPC’s, as Technopedia describes non-player characters like a video game character that is controlled by the game's (AI) rather than by the gamer. We are the gamer’s and the game is controlled by the owners of the social platform. We can play the game; we just need to keep in mind we are players on their game.