Do you post pictures of your children online? I'm guilty as charged on that count. Some are posed, some are silly, but I never post anything that I think would embarrass them. But do I even have the right to post these pictures? That is the debate started recently on social media by designer Laura Cornet, who created a baby toy that would potentially let babies post their own photos to Facebook.
It all started when Cornet, who does not have children, started getting creeped out by all the baby pictures her friends were posting on social media. It wasn't that she didn't enjoy seeing pictures of her friends' kids, but she felt she was invading the privacy of these babies and children whose lives were plastered all over the Web before they even had a chance to make their own decisions about what should be posted and what shouldn't.
That thought led to the creation of "New Born Fame," a toy line that allows babies to take selfies and post them to social media. Cornet's goal was to start a discussion about who has the right to post baby pictures online. The toy line includes a mobile that hangs above the crib with soft toys shaped as a Facebook logo and Twitter bird. When the baby reaches out to it, the device takes a pic and automatically posts it on social media.
Photo: Laura Cornet
Cornet also designed baby shoes embedded with a GPS tracking device that would allow babies to post their whereabouts and "check in" at various locations, as well as another soft toy that would hang on a baby's crib and post short videos whenever the baby moves nearby.
It's important to remember that Cornet wasn't trying to make a profit with her New Born Fame product line; she was trying to make a point. She wanted parents to think about a couple of questions: when is it okay to post a picture of your children? When is it going too far? And who has the right to make that call?
Not surprisingly, her baby toys have elicited a wide range of responses — from parents eager to get their hands on the new toys to those who find it appalling that such a concept would even be considered.
And that means Cornet is making her point very well indeed.
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