I'd like an opinion from those of you in the care-giving trenches about whether or not you think it's "ok" to include people with cognitive impairment and anyone else with consent limiting conditions, in your online postings.
This is why I'm wondering. Pops has always been a ham. Even before his brain injury he loved to be goofy in videos, photos etc. As with most of his strongest personality traits this has only been amplified by his cognitive impairment. Pull out a camera and he lights up. He loves to be the center of attention. He loves to see videos of himself being silly and will hop on stage to do very bad versions of karaoke etc. It gives him joy. Our adult children sometimes post videos with him in them on social media. I don't try to stop them. They aren't hurting anyone by doing so. I generally only post photos, videos etc with the consent of those in them and tend to blur out or otherwise obscure photos of my grandbaby who is too young to consent. As to pops, I generally don't use his name, personal details, or even his photo online and I have mixed feelings about doing so. It's not that I think it's wrong or right to do so, it's just that I'm still deciding how I feel about it.
However, I'm starting a YouTube Channel and plan to put videos of our travels with Pops and other family members on it. Blurring his face out of every single moment of every video would be a lot of work and defeat the purpose of the videos showing family. It also seems cruel to remove him from the videos, knowing how much he loves to be the star of the show. The audience will primarily be our own family who have chosen to be in the videos. However, I'm well aware that one can't control the audience when something is posted online no matter how careful one is. Some of these videos may be helpful to others traveling with a loved one who is cognitively impaired too. I'm aware of what the laws allow, I'm aware of what his doctors tell me will work for him, and I'm very well aware of Pops needs, what gives him pleasure, and what his limits are. I'm not looking for answers about stuff like that. I'm just interested in your personal opinions.
Basically, a personal opinion, from your heart, about social medial posting is appreciated.
(I'm putting this under Senior Activities because there is not a "social media and seniors" topic that I can find.)