I was talking to a friend recently and she told me that her toddler was potty training and really enjoyed watching these videos of other kids using the potty on You Tube. She says the kids aren’t showing any private parts. It’s just videos of kids sitting on the toilet reading books or blabbing about going potty.
I understand why her daughter finds watching other kids going potty inspirational. I completely believe that kids with older siblings or who are around other potty trained kids (like at a daycare or preschool) absolutely train faster. (Remember we had that story a few years back on potty training boot camp where they all train together in one afternoon.)
However, I find it very odd that parents would post on You Tube or anywhere for that matter their kids going to the potty. It’s just ripe for pedophiles! I’m really surprised that You Tube doesn’t pull them. (I guess they only pull stuff when it’s a copyright violation.)
Remember last year we discussed the poor parents who turned in their film with bath photos on it to be developed at Wal-Mart and had their children taken away!!
Now I don’t personally have a problem posting photos of my kids wearing clothes, not on toilets or baths, on Facebook. We have a lot of friends that absolutely refuse to do it at all. (How do they share photos?) I did appreciate when our Girl Scout leader tagged kids with the parents’ names and not the kids’ names. I don’t think we ever tag the kids in photos. I’m not really comfortable with that because then someone could search for them.
• Keep the bathtub and potty-training photos to yourself and the grandparents. Naked photos are too personal to share on Facebook. If you depend on Facebook as the main way to share photos with family, use privacy settings to limit access to a select few family members.
• Be cautious when posting a photo of kids who aren’t your own. Some parents don’t want their children on Facebook, so be sure to ask a parent if it’s OK.
If you are one of those parents who is worried about what is shared on Facebook, let your friends and family know ahead of time to avoid an awkward situation later.
• Out of respect for safety, don’t tag a child’s full name on Facebook. Some parents told me they never put their own kids’ real names online. Some use just an initial when mentioning a child in a status message or in a photo.
• If you make your photos public to people outside of the immediate family, avoid revealing where the child goes to school. If the child wears a uniform, crop the uniform logo out of the picture.
• Since most teenagers think their parents are embarrassing, a few parents of tweens and teens gave me some advice on how to avoid being annoying online. Some ask their kids if they can post a photo on Facebook before doing so. Others post regardless but let their teen do the tagging.
What do you make of the potty training videos on You Tube? Would you post potty training if all the private parts were covered? Do you think seeing other kids potty train makes kids train faster? Is there benefit to these videos?
What about sharing photos online or on Facebook? What are your limits? Do you tag them where people could search them? Do you use their real names, partial names or parents’ names? What about posting shots of your tweens and teens? Have they ever asked you to edit what you’re sharing?