There are many reasons for sharing children’s pictures on social networks. Parents may want to keep all of their child’s experiences as an online album. In addition, sharing the hardships of raising a child makes us feel less alone. However, sharing pictures of children on social media can also be dangerous. So it’s better to learn how to do it safely. In this article, we will examine this issue.
What are the dangers of sharing children’s pictures on social media?
We all want others to see and hear our best experiences. The same is true when we have children. We feel we need to share all of our child’s lively moments with others, and what better place than social media? We have pictures of our child’s first smile, first steps and first day of school, and the best way to show them to family and friends are through social media.
Of course, sharing anything on social media can have certain risks. Sharing baby pictures is no exception. Posting photos of your child on the Internet often creates digital footprints and may have negative consequences, including:
- Loss of privacy;
- Financial scams;
- Cyber bullying.
Therefore, it is necessary to be more careful when posting your child’s photos on the Internet and social networks. Here are some of the dangers of sharing children’s pictures on social media.
1. There is always the risk of identity theft
It is not uncommon for parents to post confidential information about a child when uploading photos to social media. Unaware that the dissemination of such information may lead to identity theft. One of the most important problems in the Internet and social networks is identity theft. Sometimes a simple Instagram post may contain the child’s full name, date of birth, and city of residence. A few simple clicks are enough to access the personal information of the parents. It’s enough to combine this information with other information about you and your child on the Internet to make it very easy to steal your identity and gain credibility from it.
۲. Deleting this information is almost impossible
After posting a photo of your child on social media, you may suddenly realize that you need to delete it. For example, after sending a photo, you may find that there is confidential information in the photo. Your child may even ask you to delete the photo for some reason. When you upload a photo to the Internet, it is almost impossible to completely delete it, as others may have shared your photo or saved it on family members, friends, and even strangers. It is practically impossible to track down all those who have that photo.
3. You will lose control of the uploaded photo
There is nothing you can do when a photo of your child is posted on the Internet. Posting a photo on social media and the Internet will result in the photo being lost. After posting a photo online, you allow others to do anything with the photo. Anyone can save or print it, share it or even modify it. Even if you regret deleting the photo 10 seconds after it was published, there is still a chance that someone will abuse your photo. In addition, posting photos with personal information online increases the chances of your child being stolen. They may also modify the photo and use it on child pornography websites.
4. Photos belong to the owners of the websites
Many social networks have terms and conditions that they do not specify, for example, there may be conditions on one of these websites where everything that is shared on their platform belongs to them. This means that if you post your child’s photo on their website, you give them ownership of the photo. After that, they can use the photo however they want, and you have not done anything wrong, because you have agreed to all the terms and conditions when you join that website.
How can we safely share our child’s photos on social media?
The dangers of sharing children’s pictures on social media do not mean that it should never be done. It is true that some experts believe that children should never be photographed on social media, but this is not always the case. There are many tips and tricks to help you safely share your child’s photos on social media. In the following, we will examine the most important of these tricks.
1. Check your account privacy settings
It does not matter what social network you are on. Whether you are on Instagram or other social networks, always pay special attention to the privacy of your account. Use the strictest privacy settings of these networks for a place where you can share your child’s photos.
Talk to your family and friends too. Tell them you do not want your baby’s photos to be shared anywhere. Also, remind them to ask your permission before saving or sharing your child’s photo. In addition, most social networks may ask for your permission before tagging or sharing photos. Be sure to enable the settings of this section in your social networks. That way, even if someone forgets to ask your permission, you will be notified to investigate.
۲. Stop receiving additional data
Additional data is data that is related to the time and sometimes the location of the photos. This means that people can access your location and when a photo was taken based on the photo you post on social media. How can we prevent this? It’s very simple. Check your camera or mobile settings. Make sure that the photography software does not save your photo to Google Account and the like by default.
3. Check the photo carefully before sending
Eliminating confidential information that may be sent with photos is not a difficult task at all. For example, make sure that your child’s name and school address or age are not sent with a regular photo of your child’s first day of school. Make sure there is no sign on the photo where your child’s school is.
The same goes for art photos. Maybe your child’s full name is in a beautiful art photo you took. For the reasons mentioned above, before posting any photo on social media, it is necessary to check it carefully and make sure that confidential information is not shared with the photos.
4. Get permission from your child
Be sure to ask your child if he or she is old enough to recognize different subjects. It is important to involve him in posting his photos on social media. It is important that he agrees. If he asks you not to publish his photos or a special photo of him on the Internet, you should respect his decision. Instead of asking a simple question with a yes or no answer, turn her photo posting on social media into an activity you both enjoy. Ask him out well if he is no longer absorbed in the connection, and tell him where he would like his photo to be published. Ask him out well if he is no longer absorbed in the connection.
In addition, you can use this opportunity to show him how social media works. You can talk to her about social media and its potential dangers. Take this opportunity to learn about preventive measures in these networks so that when he is old enough, he can be present in these networks in the best possible way.
5. Do not post other people’s photos on your social networks
When sharing your child’s photo, do not just think about his / her privacy. Consider the privacy of other children as well. If there is another child in the photo, be sure to get permission from his parents first. Also make sure that the photo does not contain his confidential information.
6. Use other online tools to send photos
There are many tricks to keeping photos safe in cyberspace, but it is not always possible to prevent unpleasant events. Your account may be hacked, your screenshot taken, or you may even forget your password. So to share the sweet moments of your child’s life with family and friends, you can also try methods such as sending photos via email.
7. Carefully read the terms and conditions of membership in the websites
Always read their terms and conditions carefully when joining social networks. Avoid sharing your child’s photo on websites that reserve the right to use the photo in any way.
When sharing pictures of children on social media, think about the effect it has on the child. For example, your goal may be just to share your child’s beautiful smile with friends and family, but it does not have pleasant consequences. So be careful when posting photos on social media and consider all aspects.