I understand the compulsion to keep the family updated. Lately I have chosen to do that through phone calls and emails (with attachments.) Again, back in the day, I remember rationing long distance calls because of the extortionist rates charged. But now we have all you can talk rates. I also hated to send attachments to emails, since everyone was on a VERY slow dial-up (yes, I remember acoustic couplers, and 300 baud… not kbaud, BAUD…) So many folks of late have high speed connections that it appears attachments are no longer a problem. So… private communications it is!
Now, I will say, I have chosen to not give my kids a say in how much exposure they have on the web (until recently). But for me the discussion was 180 out of phase with most of the discussions here. I told my kids that I actually would not allow them to post photos or personal information on the web (or other various manifestations of “the net.”)
As I say, that has changed recently, since they are now older. One is now an adult. Another is quite close… and the third.. well he can take care of himself. I still exercise veto authority over those that are minors, but have allowed more freedom for them to make such decisions as they transition to adult-hood, and the assumption of the responsibility for their actions.
I hope my thoughts here in some way contribute to the discussion.