I have been getting back to photography as a hobby after quite a few years off. Last time I dabbled digital photography was not a thing and photos were hosted in an albums on a shelf, not Flickr.
Family holidays are naturally one of common photo occasions for me (I have to be there and I have to not be busy with anything disconnected :), so camera it is).
Since passage of time had now also added next generation to the family (my nephews and nieces) and there seems to be quite a gradient of opinions around about posting family photos of kids online (from totally ok to completely not doing it) — I have been getting... nervous I guess about uploading family photos and making them public.
My family is (of course) aware that I am posting these photos online and hadn't had any issue with it whatsoever. However since I am the nerd in the family I strongly suspect they aren't really thinking much into it and probably won't — even if I try to push the issue for them to consider.
In a nutshell I feel trapped before not trusting myself with decisions (these are not my kids after all) and neither really trusting my relatives with decisions (for example my sister had just lost years of family photos to wiped hard drive and no backups, which sucked big time).
So I see following options:
Continuing as I was — posting photos online, with thorough application of common sense to what is appropriate for public sharing.
Trying to have "the talk" :) with kids' parents. One parent? Both parents? What if one of parents no longer in the picture? What if I just get "sure, whatever" responses that I have no confidence are well considered?
Locking photos down, forcing family to have and use accounts to access. Which (selfishly I guess) cuts down on my enjoyment of taking those photos and doing things like showing them to friends and the world.
What do I go with for healthy balance of privacy implications and the photos getting locked up to the point I could as well stop taking them?