Say what you will about Ashton Kutcher, but the man has some noble views on how to handle his kids’ online privacy. In a recent interview with Arianna Huffington, the actor and very savvy investor revealed that he and wife Mila Kunis are doing what they can to shield their sons, 1-year-old Wyatt and 3-year-old Dimitri, from the trappings of fame. That includes not posting any photos of their sons on social media until they are old enough to decide that is what they really want.
“We don’t share any photos of our kids publicly because we feel that being public is a personal choice,” Kutcher explains. “My wife and I have chosen a career where we’re in the public light, but my kids have not so I think they have the right to choose that. I actually don’t think they should have images of them as children that somebody could potentially blackmail them with.”
Of course, this does not mean that Kutcher and Kunis have no pictures of their kids. They’ve simply managed to create a system that allows friends and family to see photos without sharing them with the entire world.
“We have a private social network so we can share stuff with our family,” Kutcher says. “So the grandparents can see the kids and stuff, but we don’t share any photos of our kids publicly.”
Kutcher’s reasoning is surprisingly wise and thoughtful, as he rightly acknowledges the fact that kids are being forced online without deciding whether or not that’s what they want. In a time where parents post thousands of pictures of their kid on Instagram or Facebook, it’s pretty refreshing to hear a dad advocate so strongly against it. Who knew Kelso was so level- headed?