We are all guilty of buying the odd tabloid magazine and pouring over the pages to get the latest goss. However lately, Hollywood celebrities have been voicing their concerns about the paparazzi targeting their offspring - new parents Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard even dubbing this practice as 'pedorazzi.'
I must say, I agree with their concerns. It is the parents choice to be in the public eye, not that of the child. What right do these photographers have to target these children and force them into the spotlight?
Should these celebrities expect their children to be thrown into the spotlight? Image Source: www.freedigitalphotos.net 'Young Photographer Stock Photo' by graur razvan ionut
All too often we hear of child stars or children of famous parents, being negatively influenced or going off the rails because every move they make is watched and scrutinised by the world. Michael Jackson's children are the perfect example of this, for years he made them wear masks in public to try to protect them from prying eyes.
On a smaller scale, in this modern society, it is common for parents to freely share images of their children on social media - I know I do. My intension is to share these memories with members of our family that live abroad. However, I tend to forget that these images are easily shared to a wider audience through a simple like or comment by a friend. As a result, my photo is then unintentionally shared amongst friends of friends and so on. This makes me wonder if we are just as guilty of pedorazzi as the aggressive photographers in Hollywood, by freely sharing images of our children online.
Do you think celebrities can have it both ways or should they expect that their career choice flows into their personal life? Should we, as parents, be more protective of our children's images in the online arena? Share your thoughts with In The Know now