I read the kookiest post this morning called Get Your Kid Off Your Facebook Page. Apparently if you have ever used one of your child’s photos as your profile photo on Facebook – you are hiding behind your child, and are recreating an old 1950s era set of values where you as a woman are nothing more than your children. Really? Really?
First of all I think it is good to make one distinction: If you use Facebook for business reasons, then your child does not belong anywhere accessible to your business network. BUT if you use Facebook purely for connecting with friends and family (as I do – LinkedIn is my business networking site) then I think you can put whatever you want as your profile picture. My kids are one of the most important aspects of my life — and frankly I am proud of them and think they are beautiful (as all parents think of their children). Why wouldn’t I want that to be a piece of me on Facebook?
Apparently this blogger thinks that if we as moms post pics of our kids on Facebook we signal to others that we can do nothing but talk about our kids. Really? Seriously? I can tell you as a business person, as an individual, I have too many things to talk about — and not enough time. I am smart enough to know when to talk about my kids and when not to. Anyone who is not — has bigger issues than whether they post their kids pictures on Facebook. I can’t help but wonder whether the woman who wrote this post has children. What do you think?