Sharing photos of your little ones online seems like a harmless thing to do, after all; they look so cute!
But a photo in the wrong hands can have some negative consequences.
In September, The Guardian reported a US study found 63 per cent of mums use Facebook; of these, 97 per cent said they post pictures of their child; 89 per cent post status updates about them, and 46 per cent post videos.
While it’s natural to want to share your happy snaps with friends and family, once the photo is online, it’s out of your control. This could put your kids in danger.
Here’s four photos you shouldn’t post of children online:
Other people’s children
Parents will have their own rules and wishes when it comes to posting photos of their children online. Be careful when feeling the urge to share a group photo from a birthday party. If you aren’t sure the parents will be okay, hold off until you have permission.
Photos at school
When posting photos of your children at school, make sure there isn’t anything detailing what school they attend. The same goes for sharing full names and information about their whereabouts and who is looking after them.
While the intent behind a naked photo is probably along the lines of: it's cute, the problem is that you don’t know who is looking at it, whether they save it, and where it will end up. If in doubt, don’t post.
Earlier this year, researchers at the University of Washington released results from a conducted with the University of Michigan into families and technology which asked kids what rules they thought families should have when it comes to technology. Topping the list was to stop posting embarrassing photos without their permission.
This article first published on Practical Parenting.