My Greatest Internet Fear…

Dear Wise One,

One of my biggest fears about the internet is how open it is. As a writer and blogger I open myself up to the internet, and mostly I have no idea who is reading any of it. Is there someone out there obsessively following my Twitter feed? Do my ex-boyfriends stalk my Facebook page? I put a lot of myself into my blog, but I don’t necessarily want my ‘real life’ friends reading all of that.

There are photos of my children that I share – because I love them and of course I think that they are cute, but what if someone else is looking at them in a different, more sinister way? What if when they are older they are less than happy that I shared their potty training experiences with the world? What if their pictures are being stolen, used by someone else, for something that I don’t know about? I have done what I can to protect against that, but I can’t really be sure can I?

Blogging has brought me many great things, online friends, new experiences and fun times for my family, but what happens if one day, I decide enough is enough but I cannot delete it all? What if this mark I have made on the internet is permanent and indestructible. If my children ask me to take it all down one day will I be able to do that?

Now I have put myself out here publicly, will I ever have any privacy again?

“This post is my entry into the Check and Secure challenge. For more advice on family safety online, see Mums on Security.”

2 thoughts on “My Greatest Internet Fear…

  1. Oh wow, this post really hit home. Only recently started my own blog and that very same thought keeps going round my head. To what extent should we share details of our lives and loved ones in our blogs?!

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