Me, as a Social Media Mom
My children aren’t old enough to have their own social media accounts, but they will often ask me to take pictures of them, and sometimes they even ask me to post pictures they’ve asked me to take! I work to try and limit what I am posting, but I have used the space to keep friends and family who are farther away up to date about my life/kids. I have my settings set to private, but I have put out birthday announcements, and I use their names (not full names- but still).
I’ve combed through my accounts countless times, searching for pictures that my children might be embarrassed by, and for the most part, I think I’m going to be ok.
In fairness, I said I was mostly good with what I share.
“If you aren’t controlling your (digital) footprint, others are” Meredith Stewart via Twitter
When I was reading the article from The Guardian, it made me consider what I am sharing and how I am sharing things about my children online.
“There are two things to be careful about,” says Victoria Nash, acting director of the Oxford Internet Institute. “One is the amount of information that you give away, which might include things like date of birth, place of birth, the child’s full name, or tagging of any photographs with a geographical location – anything that could be used by somebody who wanted to steal your child’s identity.
“The second issue is more around consent. What type of information would children want to see about themselves online at a later date?”
Having read this, I am busy considering: Have I shared too much? Should I have been the diligent parent who only refers to my daughter as ‘D’? When I am putting up pics saying “Oh my gosh __________ is ____!” Who can see that its their birthday? Again I am torn – am I sharing too much? Isn’t ‘connecting’ the purpose of social media?
Overall, I do think I am comfortable with what I choose to share about my children online, I think there’s a balance of real life and gushy-mom stuff (you know, look at how cute this kid is, I can’t believe they can do _________ now…).
The part of the article, that really had me questioning myself was the ‘honing’ of the friends list. I’ve always been pretty ‘selective’ in who my Facebook friends are (read: I need to know you in some capacity to friend you in that space) it’s a personal account. However, that being said, after reading the article on the Guardian, I looked at my friend count for the first time in a while and I have over 300 FB friends (insert wide-eyed emoticon here). There’s just no way! How did it get that out of hand?? I’m sharing personal ‘connecting’ things about myself and my family to over 300 people when I post? I’m an introvert, this makes no sense! I have never trimmed, or considered ‘trimming’ my friend list on FB until now. I may just have to see how many of these people I really want in my ‘personal’ social media sphere. Perhaps it is time I pay attention to what the ‘younger’ generation has been doing with their online accounts, and limit my presence or my audience.
That being said, after reviewing the PEW research, maybe this is the directions the ‘older generation’ (don’t get mad at me, I think I’m included in this sphere too) is heading towards. ‘Pruning’ friends seems to be a newer trend with older adults.
Me and Social Media, Professionally
What’s most interesting is the learner agency engaged through this sharing of work in public spaces. Learners understand the potential impact on wider audiences. KQED
Ironically, the questions I find myself pondering are: Are there other ways I can work to share student’s work/learning online? Should I be tweeting more videos and pictures illustrating students learning? Am I being too restrictive with what I am sharing?