Question: What about homeschool blogger privacy issues?
- "My friend has a very popular homeschool blog. Several times she has written posts about activities that involved my children and included photos of them. I've told her I'm uncomfortable about this but she's so caught up that her camera is ever present. I hate to stop seeing her, especially since our kids get along so well. Any suggestions?"
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As a former magazine editor, I can tell you that posting of your children's
pictures without written consent is legally shaky. (I'm not a lawyer so I
won't give legal details.) You have every right to ask, or even demand, that
identifiable photos of your children be removed.
But that doesn't really solve your problem. It is especially hard when the
children are close.
Rather than just state that you're uncomfortable, respectfully ask her to
remove your children's photos and not use them again. Explain to her your
concerns. It's really possible that she didn't get it. Do this at a time
that you and she are chatting without the distraction of the activity or
At some point, however, you may need to refrain from some activities. You
will be able to teach your children a valuable lesson about standing on
principles that you feel strongly about. In the long run that's more
important than a few minutes of fun.
Susan K. Stewart
"Preschool: At What Cost?"
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