How Do Our Online Lives Affect Our Children

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As a blogger and freelance writer who writes primarily about parenting and my children, I think about the idea of how what we do affect our children in the long run, ALL THE TIME. Before I share a story, or my thoughts, or pictures and the stories behind those photos, I think about how these things will affect them in the future.

Because even if you remove a blog post, or delete a picture, nothing really disappears from the world wide web. Once it’s out there, it’s out there in some shape or form.

About a year ago, a friend alerted me to the fact that a website dedicated to selling a get-rich scheme, was using a picture of me and my oldest son (who was 18 months in the photo), on their website as part of a testimonial. I was appalled, shocked and really pissed off. By doing some quick research, I managed to get hold of the website’s host and lodged an official complaint. The website was shut down the next day. 

The incident left a bad taste in my mouth, and really made me think about the pictures I post, the stories I tell online. 

I put these thoughts about our online actions affecting our children in the near future, (ironically) online today, at On Parenting at The Washington Post. It would do me great honor if you could head over and read, and share your thoughts with me.

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Alison
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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