The Keeping Up with the Kardashians cameras have been rolling since October of 2007, so it comes as no surprise that Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, Kris, Kendall, and Kylie have grown accustomed to the spotlight. Some of the most personal moments of their lives have been recorded on camera, including the birth of Kourtney's three children, Khloé's wedding and divorce to Lamar Odom, Kim's wedding and divorce to Kris Humphries, Caitlyn Jenner's transition, and countless other monumental life events.
But the growing clan of Kardashian-Jenner offspring have complicated this open book approach. Kim and husband Kanye have resolved to keep their three kids, North, Saint, and Chicago, somewhat out of the spotlight (West kid appearances on KUWTK are relatively rare), while Kourtney and co-parent Scott Disick seem to be a bit more lax when it comes to air time for Mason, Penelope, and Reign.
Kylie Jenner has recently retracted her decision to share up-close-and-personal photos of daughter Stormi Webster, deleting all shots of the four-month old's face from her Instagram account. She responded to a fan's comment on a recent photo of a cropped-out Stormi, divulging that she's "not sharing photos of my girl right now."
By contrast, newest mom Khloé seems to be growing more and more comfortable sharing photos of her adorable newborn daughter, True Thompson. The 33-year-old just shared two up-close shots of her two-month-old, captioning the image slideshow with "Baby True." She's also featured True on multiple Instagram stories just this week, as pictured below.
While ultimately, it's up to the parents to decide whether or not they want to share photos of their kids on social media, Kylie and Khloe's contrasting approaches have fans divided. Some have chided Kylie for cropping out her daughter on Instagram, while others have applauded her for deleting the old photos and considering Stormi's privacy. Similarly, many Instagram users have fawned over Khloé's adorable photos of baby True (us included), while others have criticized the new mom.
On one hand, the desire to share photos of one's children on social media is very natural. "Humans need social connection—we can’t live without it both physically or psychologically. Getting that 'like' triggers a reward in our brain; it's part of what makes social media so compelling," explains Pamela Rutledge, PhD, director of the Media Psychology Research Center and professor at Fielding Graduate University, to MyDomaine.
On the other hand, "When parents share information about their children online, they do so without their children's consent," writes Stacey B. Steinberg, author of a recent study on children's privacy in the digital age. The parents become "the gatekeepers of their children’s personal information and as narrators of their children's personal stories."
What do you think of the two new moms' approaches? You can share your thoughts on the subject in our Facebook parenting community, MyDomaine Moms, and read up on the complexities of "sharenting" for more information on the topic.
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