Pictures and Social Media – weigh in

10 Oct

I’m going to assume most people reading this blog know I’m not a fan of posting pictures of young children online in any way that they can become viral pictures shared far and wide.  Just recently a set of “newborn” pictures that went viral three years ago has made a comeback.  I’m going to assume the subject is proud of the pictures and is happy with them, but he’s now 16, and I worry about him being bullied by one of his peers, I hope it doesn’t happen.

So, why am I talking about this?  It’s an important discussion about adoption and social media where posts can go viral, what are the consequences now, or in the future.

ABM of the Adoptive Black Mom blog and Mimi do a podcast where they talk about many things, adoption and their journey being one of the main topics.  They have initiated a short anonymous survey about sharing pictures on social media to find out how others feel about this relatively new world we live in – they will discuss the results in an upcoming podcast and I’d assume on ABM’s blog.

They are looking for all voices: Adoptee, Birth Parent, Adoptive Parent, Foster Parent, Foster Alumni, Other.

Please take a couple of minutes to add your voice….

Survey post: Pictures and Social Media


Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Adoption, adoptive parents


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8 responses to “Pictures and Social Media – weigh in

  1. Lara/Trace

    October 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I teach Social Media and you are right – parents don’t seem to realize that these images will last a LONG TIME (maybe forever) and kids grow up and will see them. Kids can’t give permission obviously as minors. Dah.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. AdoptiveBlackMom

    October 10, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks so much for promoting the survey! It’s such an important topic.


    • TAO

      October 10, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      You are welcome and I hope everyone takes the survey…


  3. Nara

    October 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I read about that and saw the pictures. Apparently the boy asked his mum to take them (newborn pictures) and had a lot of fun deciding on the poses. He’s now a few years older and he commented on one of the posts I read – he said he really liked them and seemed positive about them – I think he actually addressed the bullying thing and said his friends were supportive. I do totally agree with over sharing on social media but I think in this case it was the boy’s decision (as an older teenager) so I am a lot easier with it, and it didn’t seem to be politically motivated or anything like that.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. yourgoddesssays

    October 11, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    National Adoption Month is November. Once and Adoptee, always an adoptee. Nov 05, 2015 is the goal for 100,000 signatures on either of these two petitions promoting the Foreign Adopted Children for Equality Act.


  5. Mimi

    October 12, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Thank you for posting this, sending folks our way, and for giving our podcast a little love.

    Liked by 1 person

    • TAO

      October 12, 2015 at 3:37 am

      Anytime, it’s an important subject to talk about and perhaps make some consider things they never thought of… I’ve enjoyed the podcasts I’ve listened to very much.


    • TAO

      October 12, 2015 at 3:39 am

      I hope everyone takes the time to pop over and take the survey…



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