When Gwyneth Paltrow posted this selfie of her with her daughter, Apple, on Instagram it became the spark for much discussion around whether it’s ok to share pictures of your child online.

Known as ‘sharenting’, it regards parents sharing snaps of their children without their permission.

And this is the picture that’s started the debate…

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As adults, if we are tagged in a photo online that we aren’t happy with, it’s easy enough to untag, hide or report the picture. But usually this isn’t necessary, as a simple polite message to the person who posted it can usually resolve the situation, and the post can be removed at your request.

But what about those who don’t have this kind of control over what gets posted of them online? Social media platforms don’t allow anyone under the age of 13 to make an account for security and privacy reasons. So should we really be posting pictures of our younger loved ones online without them giving the go ahead to do so?

The 14-year-old posted a now-deleted comment on the photo saying “"Mom, we have discussed this. You may not post anything without my consent."

To which the she replied: “You can’t even see your face!”

The post has divided opinions on whether it is ok to share images of your children online without asking.

Some people don’t see the problem with sharing these types of pictures:

Whereas others are more understanding of Apple’s concerns…

Although we can’t be certain whether Apple’s comment was said in jest or if she is seriously unhappy with her Mum’s decision to post, it has certainly got people talking on what’s acceptable when it comes to ‘sharenting’.

by for www.femalefirst.co.uk