Kids Can Now Sue Parents for Posting Pics on Social Media -- See You in Jail!

sad julianHere's hoping a lot of parents look good in orange: A new law in France will allow kids to sue their parents for posting pictures of them on social media, with convicted moms and dads facing up to $48,000 in fines and a year in prison. And, just so we're clear, we're not talking about child pornography or other legitimately objectionable photos here -- we're talking about any photos. 


The existing law already protects against pornography and "revenge selfies," but now kids will have the legal right to take their parents to court over virtually any photo they feel violates their privacy on any level -- so if, say, an irate 18-year-old decided to get back at Mom and Dad for that pic from his second birthday party when he smeared cake all over his face, well, he could really get back at them.

Look, I completely agree that parents should carefully consider whether or not the photos they're posting to Facebook have the potential to compromise their children's safety or well-being in any way, but this law strikes me as a bit extreme. As in, let's just say literally every parent I know, myself included, could expect to serve time at some point in the future if a bill like this passed in America. 

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I mean, I'd like to think that my kids will grow up to be rational, compassionate human beings who wouldn't think of serving their parents with papers over an adorably grumpy-faced pic from their first day of kindergarten (see above), but who knows? Adolescents are fickle creatures. Just consider the many shots on your own Facebook and Instagram pages that might provoke your eventual young adult's litigious ire:

The silly sports fail ...

The water fountain whoops ...

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The UGH I HATE THIS FOOD tantrum ...

The nap-time meltdown ...

Truly, the possibilities are endless. And, as much as I respect my kids' need for privacy, to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure I would stop posting these pics even if a law like this did pass in the US. Because honestly, I firmly believe photos of cute kids doing funny things make people happy (especially if the kids in said photos are friends or family members). Ain't nothin' wrong with that!

Except, well, I actually don't look good in orange.


Image via Jacqueline Burte Cote

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