The next move turned out to be nuclear, coming as it did from one of the country’s most loved motherhood commentators – Carrie Bickmore. Last night, The Project host defended the Foster-Blakes, insisting that celebrities often post their own kids as a way to ‘control’ their image, rather than let that image be exploited by paparazzi. “I started posting my own pics so I could control what pics of my children were being put out there,” Carrie, who has two children, explained.
It was tempting, on first read to add my own guerrilla gunfire to this hypothesis – and to the whole ‘sharenting’ skirmish as a whole. There are plenty of celebrities who keep their kids almost entirely under wraps, other than from the most ruthless paparazzi – such as Sam and Lara Worthington’s two sons, who we almost never see, or Madeleine West’s six kids, who she goes to great lengths to shield from the spotlight, even as she makes her name as an author about motherhood.
On the other hand, there’s barely a kid on earth who won’t find themselves on social media before they can speak. Sonny Blake is not going to be any more ‘exploited’ than any of his peers in the scheme of things.
But I’d only be prolonging the sharenting sh**storm and we on the parenting front line are so, so weary of the mummy wars.
Do what works for you. Post pics, don’t post pics, post only to Facebook not Instagram, ask your kids’ permission in advance (my preferred method, though that’s way easier with a 10-year-old than a 2-year-old), watermark your posts, post a few, post a lot. It’s your choice and no one else’s business.
Look at that, I just negotiated a ceasefire in 450 words. Easy.
Sharent, don’t sharent. No one carent.