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Do you need the other parent’s permission for social media posts?

Social media is popular with many parents. For example, they may use their favorite platform to share significant milestones and memorable moments of their children’s lives.

However, what happens if divorced parents disagree on showing their children on social media? This dilemma touches on fundamental aspects of privacy, consent and parental autonomy.


Posting images or videos of children online can have long-lasting implications, including privacy concerns, potential exploitation and even future embarrassment for the child. In this way, the question of parental consent takes on added significance.

Shared responsibility

Both parents may have a legal right to make decisions regarding the child’s welfare. However, the extent of this authority for social media remains ambiguous. While one parent may argue that they have the sole right to portray their child online, the other may contend that such actions require mutual consent.

Balancing parental autonomy and child welfare

The crux of the matter lies in balancing parental autonomy with the best interests of the child. While parents have the right to make decisions about their children, these decisions must prioritize the child’s well-being. Posting images or information about a child on social media without the other parent’s consent may do more harm than good and potentially hurt relationships with the other parent.

Potential solutions and compromises

To navigate this issue, divorced parents can consider open communication and collaboration. By discussing their intentions regarding social media posting and reaching agreements on consent, parents can uphold each other’s rights while safeguarding their child’s privacy and dignity.

Ultimately, open communication, mutual respect and prioritizing the child’s best interests help navigate this issue.