How many of your friends and relations post photographs of their children on the Internet? I’m fairly sure most would say all of them do: there is something cute about a child and, of course, our child is far cuter than all the others. As proof, here’s the latest photograph of a child doing something cute. Of course everyone can do it, since they don’t need permission from the child, who is too young to decide anyway, and there’s nothing better than sharing, since we are all adults and are allowed to have a Facebook profile.
How about, though, if children of all ages could do it for themselves? How about if your child had access to your Facebook or Twitter profile and could post its own selfies at will? Would that still be fine by you, especially when the child doesn’t understand the Internet, is far too young to even know what the Internet is, or you don’t have control over what gets uploaded? Believe it or not, there is an app for that too, in a manner of speaking.
Photo Credit: Sergiu Bacioiu – Creative Commons
The problems abound, and not just in the legal sphere. A small child, still in its crib, can be photographed and the image automatically uploaded to Facebook and Twitter without anything more than the baby moving towards this device. There is no posing, there is no check to make sure the photograph is clean and decent. There doesn’t even need to be a check to make sure that the child being photographed is in its own home. No adult intervention whatsoever. Set it up, and leave it to run.
The Internet has no limits, we are told: anything is possible. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it on the Internet if you look hard enough or in the right places. That goes for decent issues and images just as much as child pornography. It’s all there, if you know where. Do we need such a device? Do we really need to have an automatic camera with upload capabilities for Facebook and Twitter which takes snapshots of a child when it is alone, at all times of the day and night?
The Internet may know no limits, but society and parents should.
Love & Kisses, Viki.