How would you feel if millions of people saw your childhood antics online? A call to all parents
"Kids of the Facebook era — which began in 2006 when the platform opened up to everyone — are growing up dealing with the consequences of their parents' social media use," writes Kate Lindsay.
Many parents are flooding the digital media with images of their children that they unfortunately have no power to delete.
The problem goes beyond embarrassing posts. Caymi Barrett, now 24, was raised by a mother who posted her personal moments, from bathing photos to health issues to the fact that she was adopted. He showed everything publicly on Facebook.
Barrett was bullied by classmates who viewed her mother's posts, and she eventually dropped out.
The girl tells how a man once followed her to the house after knowing her from Facebook.
For a while, Barrett followed her mother's lead, complaining on social media and being honest about her health issues.
Her youngest followers,
many of whom are far more cautious than overspending seniors suggested he stop.
Barrett has since become a lawyer
on children's online privacy, testifying before the Washington State House earlier this year.
"She and her mother are no longer in touch, and the private life posts were the reason," writes Lindsay. "Even with other people, Barrett says she is extremely private and can be almost paranoid when interacting with them.
"I'm afraid to ever even tell my friends or my fiance, because I'm constantly thinking, 'Am I giving them a weapon that tomorrow they can use against me online?'" Barrett says today, and her words should be alarm bells for any parent or guardian who posts images of children.