Yesterday my foster-daughter posted on facebook that her son had done his first #2 in a public rest room all on his own! She was so proud and happy and just wanted to share with her family and friends. But what about 10 – 15 even 20 years from now when her son looks back on that post? Is he going to see it that way? Is it going to haunt him forever?
There are photos from my childhood that are embarrassing, pictures in the tub, mud pie face, running around in a diaper, etc… We hide them, we beg our parents not to show them and we keep them hidden away. But what if they were out there for EVERYONE to see 24/7! That’s the new world order our kids are living in. Parents posting baby pictures, cute anecdotes and information that would have been in a private family brag book or the like are now out there on Facebook, Blogs, Twitter, etc.
Those of us who use social media for work understand the concept of being careful what and how you say something because once it is out there it’s out of your hands. Carefully crafting our posts and making sure we can live with the consequences. But what about everyone else?
Are we thinking long term? Do we think about how what we post online today will be viewed in the future?