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While flipping through the April issue of Wired magazine, the advice column (Dear Mr. Know-It-All), caught my attention as it raises an interesting question about how much you can/should post online of someone else's kids.
I recently posted a video of one of my son's high school wrestling triumphs on YouTube. The defeated wrestler's father has asked me to take it down, saying it humiliates his boy. Is his request reasonable?
You can read the full answer on the Wired website (scroll down to the second question). It's obvious Mr. Know-It-All feels the video should stay up. Whether you agree or disagree with his philosophy that "losing is part of the learning that high school sports provides" it does make me think about the appropriateness of posting videos and photos of other people's kids.
Internet safety and privacy is a big concern these days and many parents make the decision to keep any identifiable photos of their kids off the internet. Seems trickier for high school kids as many of them post their own images and videos to Myspace, Facebook, and the like. Even so, I think it's good practice to ask before posting photos/videos of other people, especially kids, and especially when it's the parents doing the posting.