Something a bit different for you in this post, guys. I have a friend; let’s call her Anastasia Beaverhausen, for the sake of her privacy. Anastasia doesn’t blog. But I caught up with Anastasia earlier this week and she had a real beef that she wanted to air.
So I offered her anonymity on this here bloggy woggy — and here she is!
Oh hai, Anastasia!
I received an invitation to a child’s first birthday party recently. I was all ready for the fairy bread and assorted lollies that would no doubt be involved, but I just can’t afford a trip back home right now.
But, it wasn’t the lack of impending fairy bread that bothered me. It was the little note that said: “We’re planning on keeping the party low-key to protect [child’s] online/social media privacy, and so kindly request that photos aren’t taken on the day.”
This little note does nothing but make me confused. I get protecting your child’s privacy and all, but assuming that everyone is going to upload the photos and somehow tag their kid online? And that this may impact on them later in life? Because there will be proof that they were once a baby?
What about the kid’s grandparents? Do they even know what social media is? Or do they just want happy snaps of their grandkid to put in their album at home?
I don’t get it.
Perhaps it’s the wording. Perhaps they don’t want this child to be seen online before the child itself is ready? But if that’s the case, why not say so? Or even ‘take photos, but ffs don’t put them online’.
So: mothers, fathers, guardians. Am I overreacting? Or do you think that note is as ridiculous as I do?
I’m Team Anastasia on this one. What say you?