Don’t steal your kids image

Very happy to start reading more often about how parents today totally abuse their kids right to privacy and to dispose of their future online and offline image as they see fit.

You wouldn’t steal from your kids, right? So why considering that their image belongs to you?

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By Paolo Belcastro

Paolo is a modern nomad: after Italy, France, and Switzerland, he now lives in Vienna, Austria from where he works on Automattic's Jetpack and .blog products. Passionate photographer, he also dedicates his free time to his family, cats, and hobbies. Working remotely since 1994, managing distributed teams since 1998, he firmly believes that remote work is the key to peaceful coexistence for 10 billion humans.


  1. I don’t post pictures of my daughter online for this reason. How am I to know if she wants pictures on the internet? If I put them up, they’re not coming back, but if I wait until she can make a choice then she can always post them herself later.

  2. Interesting article. Thanks for sharing Paolo. My kids (7 and 5) usually like me sharing pictures of them (today). We’ll see what they think 10 years from now. To me, it seems like a cultural shift though, and if everyone is doing it, then it eliminates some of the “crazy” aspect of it.

    Children notice when parents come to their pageant or sports match and focus on photography instead of them, says Steiner-Adair. “They look out into the audience looking for their parents and all they see is a sea of smartphones … [when] what the children really want is to see you smiling at them.”

    This is a great point though. While I do like to take pictures, I also intentionally try to keep the camera away sometimes, to be more in the moment.

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