Jeremy Roloff and his wife Audrey have been dealing with not only a sick daughter, Ember, who was hospitalized with RSV this week, but have also fallen ill themselves. They family seems to be recovering, but in the midst of that, Jeremy had a message for his followers on Instagram about taking too many photos of your kids.
"Well, we are all sick now, which is a bummer, but I was able to steal a few hours of fresh air with Ember anyhow," he started the caption, providing an update on his daughter's health alongside a photo of her playing outside.
"Concerning the photos of our kids on the internet... I think there is a line of reason. As long as the parents are smart and respectful, it shouldn't be a problem, but there is definitely a line here," he continued. "I think a bigger problem than posting photos, is the act of taking them. We all want photos of our kids, but if all they ever see in every single special moment is the backside of our phones, that will be just as (if not more) damaging than some innocent photo 15 years down the road."
"As far as weirdos go, sure, I get it, there are weirdos out there - so be smart and aware as mentioned before. At the end of the day, to each there own concerning this topic for me. However, one thing is for sure, concerning what the long term affects of social media will be, it will be just as damaging as it is useful unless we manage the addiction. And social media is very, very useful. How are you going to parent your phone in 2020?," Jeremy concluded.
Fans took to the comments to debate his message.
"It can be very useful. Because your wife unselfishly posted the ER pic with Ember, I researched RSV and lo and behold my infant granddaughter, who had been seeming ill, was taken to the doctor and diagnosed with this. She is doing well because action was taken," one wrote.
"What's the difference between the back of a phone today versus the back of a Kodak camera back in the day? Nothing. We adjust to the time. Kids today don't know the difference."
"Wow, I never thought about it that way as far as special moments and their view of the backside of a phone that is so true and really thought provoking. Thank you for that insight, I needed that visual as a push to make a conscious effort to be more present with my 2 year old than worrying about documenting every second. These are such important things to discuss that we didn't have as issues when we were growing up. Hope your sweet family feels well soon," a third replied.