- Want to brag, share, find support? Here's how to do so safely
- Approach your new baby's digital footprint mindfully
Before baby, you were a Facebooking, Instagramming, texting fool, sharing everything from your perfect pasta dish to your hella-good manicure. Now, looking at your little bundle of joy, you may be wondering: Is it safe to post pictures of baby? What's OK to share and what's TMI? What are the easiest tech tools to preserve those precious moments, without broadcasting to the world? These tips can help.
- You might love the photos of baby in the tub, but how will she feel about them when she's 8 or 9?
- Tweens or teens might be upset that you used their names to create profiles they didn't actually consent to.
- Social media sites are for users over 13 because companies use data -- basically, who your friends are, what you click on, and where you go on the Web -- to build a demographic profile, which they then sell to other companies for marketing purposes. The data isn't personally identifiable, but it's still Big Brotherish to think they're tracking your baby's online movements.
- Scary Mommy : Known for its no-holds-barred conversations, Scary Mommy hosts an anonymous "confessional" where parents can express deep, dark secrets. It welcomes anyone who likes to "say it like it is."
- Circle of Moms : A large, active site brimming with hundreds of specialized communities that you can search for alphabetically.
- Café Mom: Conversation, advice, and original programming help you feel welcome right away.
- Work It, Mom : Working mothers can find support, learn from each other, and celebrate successes in this forum for those bringin' home the bacon.
- BabyCenter : You're bound to find support at this highly regarded site, which welcomes all kinds of families into its highly specialized groups, including one for alternative lifestyles called Parents Like You.
- Mothering: If you're into natural, holistic parenting, Mothering is the place to find support. This site offers communities for all kinds of families -- from single parents to LGBTQ parents.
- Go low(ish) tech. A lot of parents like to grab the opportunity to create an email account under baby's name. Once she has an email address, you can use it to send her messages, photos, and videos so they are all collected in one place and she can read them when she gets older -- and take ownership of her email address.
- Consider an electronic scrapbook or journal. Scrapbooking sites and apps let you create digital diaries of baby's life. Some families like this option because older kids can use the sites and apps, too. There's a wide range of programs you can use.
- Sign up for a private social network. Apps such as Notabli, 23snaps, and eFamily offer a secure way to collect and share photos, videos, and stories and invite a small number of people who can view them.