Anna Paquin says parents shouldn't post pictures of kids on social media

Photo: Willy Sanjuan / AP
Photo: Willy Sanjuan / AP 

Anna Paquin isn't a fan of parents posting pictures of their children online.

The actress believes it isn't fair on youngsters to have their private lives exposed and their futures lumbered with images of youthful decisions.

Speaking to The Irish News, the 36-year-old said that even though she became famous after winning the Oscar for best supporting actress at just age 11, she was fortunate to have grown up without today's added pressure of having her life recorded on social media.

"I got to do normal silly teenage stuff without there being photos of it absolutely everywhere.

"Kids now, I feel like, photograph everything and put it all out there, and I just don't think that you're old enough for the long-term repercussions of that."

That's why, mother-of-two Paquin said, she was happy to talk about parenting, "but I'm not sharing pictures of those tiny humans who have no idea what they're being put into. It doesn't feel fair".

Likewise, she and husband Stephen Moyer have agreed not to bow to pressure from the media for access to them in return for being left in peace. Paquin said they had seen those pacts fail for others in their situation.

"I've watched a lot of other parents and it's like: 'OK, so they did those first baby pics and supposedly that means they should get left alone' and they don't get left alone, and I'm like: 'No, I'm sorry'."

Paquin will next be seen on Australian screens in the black comedy Flack, where she plays a troubled London public relations executive. The series premieres on FOX SHOWCASE on Thursday February 28 8:30pm AEDT.