At toddler group this week, I was asked by another mother if I would help her with a feature she writes for a magazine. She wanted to hear the birth stories of mothers in their 20s and I agreed to tell her my experiences in giving birth to Littlest. I didn't think much of it, especially as I'd been mentioned in a different magazine about Oldest's pregnancy. Besides the main description of Littlest's birth, I was asked to write about a funny moment that occurred... what I wished I'd known before labour had started... and to include a sentence about how my husband felt at any of the stages of labour or delivery. I was to include a photograph. Not too difficult. I told N about it, and he was appalled. He said he refused to have his name published and wouldn't agree to have his photo printed in a magazine.
I knew N had issues about privacy before, but I didn't realise they were this strong. It's the reason I never post photos of N or even say his real name. Turns out that if you google his name, he doesn't exist. Which is exactly what he wants. Before he mentioned it, it turns out that if you googled my name, anyone would be able to find my birthdate and the town I live in. With further digging, you can find this blog and other websites that I visit regularly. And it's probably more information that is safe in this day and age. So, I've done what I can to erase myself from the internet.
What are your feelings about privacy and the safety of your personal information on the Internet? Do you use your full name? Your full date of birth? What about children's safety? Do you use their real names? Post photos of them? Do you worry about who is looking at this information and what they do with it? Do you reckon people who do worry about this type of thing are overly paranoid? Let me know your thoughts.