Originally Posted by Theoretica
So does my DH, and I still don't have a problem with it.
I can't put my head around what the risk actually IS. I understand there's a fear of...something...that scares people when they think of this method of sharing pictures, I just can't figure out what the ACTUAL threat is, that doesn't already exist by non-electronic activities.
Yah. I agree that it is a violation if someone takes a child's picture and uses it for nefarious and icky purposes but...ultimately this is not much of a threat to my child's actual safety. I'm sure a very motivated pedophile could become obsessed with my child on the Internet...or at the grocery store, farmer's market, etc.
I always remember what an investigator said in an interview up here. Child porn, the real stuff, is not manufactured porn but evidence of a real crime being committed. When I weigh that against someone bothering to download an innocuous picture and Photoshop it I just don't feel it's worth the loss (to my mind) of my big extended family & friends spread out over continents sharing pictures.
That said, I do think that there are real risks online, but they mostly come at a different stage - teen years mainly. But that's different.
I agree with privacy concerns on the one hand - and on the other, as a journalist I know the standard is "reasonable expectation of privacy." So no bathrooms, people's own private homes, etc. If you're at a wedding and in a group shot, I'm not sure there's a reasonable expectation of privacy. However, if you're passed out in your bedroom and someone thinks that it's cute to put underwear on your head and take a picture, that kind of is. I intend to educate my child about the difference and use that as a way to discuss what should be posted.
I also think the courteous thing to do is ask, and take pictures down if asked. But as for the question of whether I'm concerned for my kid - not any more than I am with him here.