Babies Can Take Selfies & Automatically Post Them to Facebook With New Invention

laura cornet designs new born fameThese days, most of us don't think twice about sharing pictures or status updates on social media. And new parents? They seem to be the worst offenders. Moments after a baby is born, the obligatory "meet our new baby!" Facebook post is up. But did your baby consent to instantly being plastered all over the Internet? Doubt it.

And that's exactly the issue one Danish inventor has decided to tackle. Laura Cornet just came out with four baby products called "New Born Fame," which let babies take selfies and post them online.

Seems crazy, right? But it might be exactly what we need to rethink our freewheeling social media usage. Especially when it comes to our kids.

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Cornet's invention is a simple crib mobile, with a very high-tech twist. Small plush toys in the shape of the Facebook and Twitter logo gingerly rotate around your baby. When your little one reaches for it, the small cameras take a picture and immediately upload it to the respective social media site:

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Cornet tells CNN that when she released the invention (it was her graduation project at Eindhoven Design Academy), she was met with a flurry of negative reactions. Many parents were upset that their babies would be so exposed, to which she responded: "It was proving my statement, I was really happy."

And she's completely right.

Here's one thing we all need to realize: Once something is on the Internet, it's there foreverLike it or not, it's not some fleeting moment or an easily forgotten post. The great World Wide Web is fairly permanent, so if you're thinking of posting that embarrassing picture of your 2-year-old, just imagine what they'll think of it once they're old enough to start googling themselves. 

Now before you start rushing out and flooding her with responses, it's important to note: this is not a real product. But Cornet is making a version of it. In her new prototype, instead of posting to social media, the pictures would be sent to the parents' phones. It's safer, not as obtrusive, and more off-the-grid.

But it's definitely gotten us thinking.

Who really needs to consent in order to post a photo online? Should parents be free to upload pictures of their kids, without their full understanding, for the world to see?

There are certainly risks associated with posting your child's photo online, so take a moment and think before you go off pressing that "submit" button. Would your child really want you to post that? Maybe it's wiser just to text that picture instead ...

Do you upload pictures of your child online?

 

Images via Laura Cornet Designs

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