‘My daughter asked me to stop writing about motherhood’

As part of the privacy and personal data debate we’re having right now, do we need to figure out a way for children to take control of content about them, even if they weren’t responsible for creating it?

An interesting though ethically questionable piece in the Washington Post about a lawyer and writer who often makes her children the subject of her work.

Christie Tate tells the story of her daughter, now a “fourth-grader” (so, 9 or 10), getting a laptop and discovering the internet is full of content about her. 

“What’s all this?” she said. The screen was covered with thumbnail sketches of her as a baby, a toddler and preschooler — each paired with an essay or blog post I’d written on the subject of parenting. “Why are all of these pictures of me on the Internet?” She wanted to know, and she had a right to know.

Now, not all children have writers for parents. But many – most? – parents do take the view that posting images and comment about childcare to be perfectly fine. Will their kids see it that way? Already teens are shunning permanent for ephemeral.