I’ve just been reading this article:
“Mother sparks child welfare debate after posting picture of her ‘gay’ five-year-old in drag on the internet”
~ (Headline from the Daily Mail newspaper, UK)
Have you read about this? To precis: Blogger ‘Nerdy Apple Bottom’ posted a photo of her young son dressed in a girls’ Halloween costume on her blog. The little boy, who is a fan of Scooby Doo wanted to dress as character Daphne, so that’s what he went to school as.
Cue the sticky-beak mothers who simply have to make everyone else’s business their business. (There was confrontation and criticism over Mum’s judgement in allowing this).
Cut to the chase: Mum’s angry at the small-minded and meddling intolerance shown and vents by posting son’s photo on her blog, with the heading: ‘My son is gay’.
End result: A nice, quiet little blog gets oodles of attention, leading to 20,000 hits and negative commentary from people like Kidscape.
I understand Nerdy Apple Bottom’s anger, I myself have been known to fight like a tigress for my children and to a certain extent I can even see both sides of the argument (although I’m far more in agreement with Mum on this) but oh dear, in venting on the net and posting that photo? Now we all know about it – all 20,000+ of us …and right in the middle of it all is a sweet young boy who only wanted to play dress-up for a party. Talk about something exploding in your face…and what a palaver this has turned into.
Moral of story: This reminds us yet again that what we put out there on the net has the ability to be shared with many more than we might like, be misrepresented, misconstrued and come back to haunt us (and maybe our children). In other words – be careful what you post.