Raising The Bar: Are Your Kid’s Pictures Online?

INTERVIEWS | | June 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm


When asked, as part of the TNT Mommy Blogger initiative, to review an upcoming episode of Raising The Bar I was pretty curious. Firstly you may want to know what is Mommy Niri doing on TNT or Raising The Bar. Has she gone all entertainment on you? Well, not quite., for the better part of the day I am still subjected kiddie programs . The advanced episode preview I received over a week ago, titled “No Child Left behind”, deals with the issue of having your children’s pictures online and the ramifications thereof.

This episode, without giving away too much of the plot (scheduled to be aired Monday 29th at 10:00pm), has a dad who takes an innocent picture of his child in the bath tub and the photo is subsequently “stolen” and sold by a pornography site. The father is then tried as a sex-offender.  The thought behind the charge is the father provided the ammunition the pornography needed, and though to me it is ludicrous to label a dad the somewhat harsh tag of sex offender, the doubts do arise as to whose responsibility is it to protect our children online.

I was about to write up a post when I got offered an opportunity to talk to Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the actor in the acclaimed series. On speaking to him, along with a handful of bloggers, the “dad” in him was apparent as he related that he was cautious about having his kid’s pictures taken but could also understand parents taking pictures at any moment. On being asked about how effective the laws currently be to really persecute someone,  he led us to the expert in the matter.

The lawyer/writer David Feige was kind enough to share that the current laws are very clear and though social media might be relatively new, the laws were stringent enough to ensure children were not exploited. Somewhat reassuring yet I am still debating the safety 0f those pictures that are posted online.

After watching the episode I would love to year what you think,

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    I can understand people’s caution, but sometimes, they are overly cautious. Some people won’t even put any photos of their children online.

    We have a strange duplicity in the United States. We are seen as sexually reckless, yet we are very puritanical at the same time. Nudity is linked to sexuality. Nudity is just nudity. Many people in the US don’t make the distinction between nudity and pornography.

    If ANYONE should understand that, it’s a parent. You see your child naked almost every day, and you’re not sexually aroused. There are diaper changes and bath time.

    As a photography enthusiast, I am well aware of people’s apprehensions. A man with a large camera and big lenses can be intimidating to the ignorant. What I don’t get is, if you are interested in photos for less-than-savory purposes, why would you be openly operating a camera in plain view of the public? If one us up to no good, then one would go to great lengths to conceal their activities.

    If you are concerned about privacy, there are ways to safeguard it. Facebook allows you to decide who gets to see your photos. The same is true on most social networking sites. Don’t let unfounded fear keep grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins from seeing family photos!

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    Purvi says:

    I try not to as much as possible. It is not the laws but the creepy folks out there that scares me…You never know how they will exploit my baby’s photos..Maybe I am too cautious but better to be cautious than sorry!

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    I only post fully clothed pictures of my kids online. Just in case…

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    Tamara B. says:

    I do not post any pictures and this is so sad to here about.

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    Roofus says:

    Since 96% (USDOJ) of child molestations are committed by a parent of relative of friend of the family, all this online “stranger danger” is so much BS.

    Nobody wants to see pictures of your ugly rug rats…well except maybe Uncle Chester.

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    Debbie W. says:

    I don’t post pictures of my children. Plain and simple.

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