August 23, 2012
At a concert by a friend in a downtown park this afternoon I catch some shots of a sweet little girl trying to fill her mother’s shoes. Of course her face is as cute as a button, but I never put children recognizably on my blog, to honor their anonymity and the protection it affords them. I often worry that privacy seems to be a forgotten commodity in the milieu of today’s social media. And I wonder if today’s children will be harmed by growing up in public. Childhood is a private time when we exist solely in a small context of family and friends, with room to grow, experiment, fall on our faces. But America’s Funniest Home Videos opened a door to let the world in, and photo websites, YouTube, Facebook, etc. have muscled in right behind. “Please post no pictures as our son is too young Facebook”, wrote some young friends sharing pics of their newborn with me. Wise. Privacy is a precious possession to be guarded fiercely, because once it is gone there is no getting it back.