With so many people sharing photos of their children on web sites and blogs, you may have noticed my children are completely absent here at Quick Start Homeschool. Except for the occasional hands or feet in project photos, you never see my kids here at all. It’s intentional. I thought you might like to know why:
1. It’s not the purpose of my site/blog. This web site and blog was created as informational place, and one where I talk about many of the things homeschoolers want to know. Much research goes into my article topics, and I try to respond to the things parents ask me in person, via messaging, and all around the web. If you’ve listened to my welcome message, you’ll hear me talk about this. It’s just not the reason this place exists.
2. It’s already being done. Everywhere. And because so many, many, many parents already share details of their homeschool lives and adventures within their families, there just isn’t a need for me to do it, too. I couldn’t even come close, forget trying to top, the beautiful photos and child-centered themes these families come up with. So, I don’t even try. It’s already being done — and well.
3. Privacy and safety issues. It can be hard to ignore the dangers of over-sharing on social media and other sites. As a mom, this concerns me. I try to model this behavior. I prefer caution over the alternatives. I understand sharing can be useful at times, not to mention fun and trendy. However, I choose to share in other ways — just not here.
4. My kids don’t want me to. Most importantly — to me anyhow – is how my kids feel about me sharing personal information about them. They don’t like it. We’re a very close family and have a large extended family, too. That’s quite enough sharing for them. I find it very important to consider a child’s feelings when posting photos and information for all to see. Frankly, I am embarrassed at some of the things I see parents sharing on social media. These images become permanent, and over-sharing can never be reversed. If I were still a kid, I know I wouldn’t like that either, so I understand.
Thought you’d like to know.
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