Newborns and toddlers are the most amazing creations.

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Plump, velvety, and adorable and without any of the self-consciousness or hang-ups which will one day make them into morose adolescents.

Therefore, as they examine the cosmos, and go on their own little excursion of self-discovery, they furnish parents with infinite moments of happiness which are ideal for the family album.

However, presently we are in the 21st century, and there is no such thing as the family album.

Photos seldom make it from the camera phone to a physical print.

Alternatively the photo album is Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. With one click of the mouse that charming photo of your tiny child playing in the sand pit for the first time, paddling in the paddling pool, or excavating in the soil can be shared with everyone in a moment.

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Which is precisely what a proud mum did when she captured the moment her wellie wearing daughter raised up her dress to divulge her spectacular little pot belly.

However, just 24 hours later the mum-of-four discovered that the picture had been erased and her Instagram account shut down as the photo had violated the site’s decency rules.

What is the world now coming to when a mum can’t share an entirely innocent photo of her lovely baby?

The baby wasn’t disclosing anything other than her perfect belly and her pudgy little legs.

Nevertheless, it is apparently okay for VIPs like Rihanna to affix indecent virtually nude photographs of themselves on site.

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Instagram contends that they must have practices in place to shield young children, however, acknowledges that in this case they got it wrong.

Now we all need to know that the Internet can be an unsafe place. Nevertheless why should a minority of perverted persons destroy the fun for the rest of us?

However, on the other hand, should we as parents think doubly before posting photos of our youngsters online?

Somewhere in my mum’s cupboard are albums packed with photos from family holidays gone by, as I played contentedly in the garden in just my bottoms.

Totally youthful fun, even more so as the only people who are ever likely to observe those photos are family.

Would I share photos of my half-naked grandchildren online? Probably not.

Whilst I agree that the photo of this child bearing her belly was entirely delightful and Instagram were wrong to take it down, I do believe that we as parents have a liability to acknowledge that the Internet is no longer a family album.

Only ever post words or photos online that you are happy for the entire universe to see, perverts and all, as that is precisely who can and will see them.

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