VIDEO: Putting Kids on the Internet. Funny or Frightening?

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The million dollar blogging question: where does your story end and another person's story begin?

CNET has a great article today examining all sides of the issue, with strong arguments made by everyone on how to find your own personal line.

In the ongoing parenting wars, bloggers who place their children on the Internet--in the form of pictures, cute stories, or videos--often receive scathing commentary from those on the other side of the debate, including accusations that they're exploiting their kids or damaging them socially down the line. After all, anything that goes on the Internet has a funny way of living on forever, in a highly searchable form.

At the same time, people want to share the amusing and touching things their children do--and children themselves often want to participate in the online world, especially when they're attune to their parent's usage of blogs and social media. Placing a video of a child baking or pictures of your kids on the ranch is not a true safety transgression as some parenting advocates make it out to be (at least, no more unsafe than allowing your child to be photographed for their yearbook and have that book go out to anyone who wishes to order a copy).

Tell us in the comment section where and how you draw your personal line.

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her book is Navigating the Land of If.


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