So here's the thing. After a friend's account was recently disabled for posting an 'inappropriate' photo of her toddler daughter, (a photo of her sweet little girl in rain boots lifting up her shirt to look at her belly. NOT INAPPROPRIATE. the scary thing is that this happened because someone reported this photo as inappropriate. The thought is sickening.) My heart has not rested easy knowing that so many eyes have access to photo's of my daughter. It's my fault - my account is not set to private and in just a short amount of time my followers have nearly doubled to now over 4,000. It's not a ton by social media standards, but I probably only know maybe 100 of these followers in real life. I could set my account to private now, but that still allows all 4,405 current followers to still have access to my feed.
These are my concerns. 1. Someone is reporting these harmless, innocent, sweet photo's of children as inappropriate, which means someone's sick mind looks at a photo of a child and is able to somehow sexualize it. NOT OKAY. 2. I do not want anyone using a photo of my child without my knowledge for any sort of reason. Promotion, marketing, etc. Keeping track of over 4,000 followers is impossible, therefore I have no idea if my girl's pictures are being used elsewhere, even though legally they should not be. 3. I have met so many wonderful people through Instagram and the community aspect of it has been so amazing. I would hate to loose that but with that said, what's more important? Clearly the safety, privacy and protection of my child. I have loved being able to share moments of motherhood, Ruthie's milestones and our little life with you all, but I'm at a point where I get a knot in my stomach thinking about what could happen. I would never forgive myself if something horrible happened to my child all because I was too selfish to stop using something as silly as Instagram. It sounds stupid, but I'm really really struggling with this. Does anyone have any advice or stories to share? I'd love to get some perspective on this.