General Article Is sharing photos of children fun – or a dangerous invasion of privacy?

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‘Mom, we have discussed this. You may not post anything without my consent’

By Chloe Hamilton

You might not be able to make out her face in the photo, obscured as it is by a pair of enormous skiing goggles, but the caption – apple, skiing and heart emojis – suggested that the picture uploaded to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Instagram page this week was of her daughter, Apple Martin.

It was the 14-year-old who cleared up any lingering doubt, writing snippily beneath the picture: “Mom, we have discussed this. You may not post anything without my consent.”

Paltrow, whose picture of her daughter garnered more than 150,000 likes, is not the first to come a cropper when it comes to “sharenting” – parents’ overuse of social media content based on their children – although she is certainly the most high-profile example to have been called out on it in such a public way.

It is an issue that affects celebrity parents, Instagram influencers and regular mums and dads alike.

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