What is the limit for posting children’s content on social networks? Newborn photos, funny videos and even official child profiles – all created by parents – have been popping up on the internet shared with the general public.
There is no way to define an ideal quantity or limit for the content, but the responsibility, and duty, to delimit the size of the children’s exposure lies with the parents. And it is worth remembering: their main obligation is to watch over privacy. This is what the lawyer Silvia Felipe Marzagão, from Silvia Felipe e Eleonora Mattos Advogadas, specialized in Family and Succession Law, states.
“The world of the internet is ‘land without law’ is one of the most repeated phrases out there. In fact, controlling the content of the network is complicated, but there are legal limits to what is published. And when it comes to protecting children and adolescents, the law is even clearer: preserving them should be the number one priority,” says Silvia.
According to the expert, there is no reason to ban posts and selfies. The problem is always excess. “There are two main issues when it comes to posting your kids’ pictures. One is the right of parents, of course, to share their life, after all social networks are already part of people’s routine, they are ways of socializing and yes, children, as part of that person’s life, can appear there”, she analyzes.
However, emphasizes the expert, “social networks tend to be excessive in general” and all care is little since, once published, it is not known who will visualize those images.
“People today live to post, travel to post, everything is shared. But children have no control over what their parents will post about them, so you have to always remember that they are people and later they may feel exposed. There are cases even before the advent of the networks, in TV advertisements, that many children didn’t like afterwards”, she comments.
The limit situation on exposure on social networks becomes even more complicated if parents are separated. “Especially when the communication between them is not very good, in more litigious cases, it is necessary to intervene judicially if there is no agreement on the limits of each parent”, comments Silvia.
Read also 7 IMPORTANT CARE THAT MOTHERS MUST ATTEND THE SEPARATION PROCESS
She says it’s common for lawyers to ask their spouses to reduce the exposure of children. Student Gabriela Santos, 30, lived a similar case that “barely” became a lawsuit.
“I had to ask my ex many times to stop posting so many photos of our daughter on social networks. He thought it was my implication, because of the divorce. Until my own daughter asked, then he understood that I was crossing the line,” he says.
In general, Silvia says that people “don’t even realize” that they are crossing the line. “You shouldn’t save on warnings when it comes to preserving the intimacy of children,” she concludes.
Source: Silvia Felipe and Eleonora Mattos Lawyers
Working together since 2007, lawyers Silvia Felipe and Eleonora Mattos have a firm profile, responsible and sensitive to social and affective issues related to Family and Succession Law, an area of their exclusive professional activities in an office that bears their names.
Credit for cover image: The Daily Beast