Gwyneth Paltrow’s 14-year-old daughter, Apple Martin, publicly scolded her mother for sharing photos of her online without her consent this week.
Paltrow had posted a photo on Instagram of herself and Martin at a ski resort. In the photo, Martin’s face is largely obscured by a helmet and goggles. But in a comment on Paltrow’s post, the teenager made it clear that she wanted to decide what images of herself her celebrity mom shares with her 5.3 million followers on the social media platform.
“Mom we have discussed this,” wrote Martin on the post. “You may not post anything without my consent.”
“You can’t even see your face!” replied Paltrow.
Martin’s comment, which has since been deleted, prompted a discussion online. Some criticized Apple for making her mother look bad, while others argued that parents need to respect their children’s right to control their own social media image.
Martin’s reaction, said Joanne Orlando, a researcher in technology and learning at Western Sydney University, was “not unusual and not uncalled for.”
“They don’t have any control over what their parents are putting up, or what comments their parents are adding to photos or videos, but we all know our digital lives are increasingly important. So they want to gain control over it when they’re able to,” she said.
In some countries, lawmakers are already passing measures that force parents to respect their children’s right to privacy. In France, for example, news laws threaten parents with fines or even jail time if they share photos online that violate their children’s privacy.
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