It’s a digital world and most of us have gotten used to capturing moments of our lives on social media. From relationships to work to friends and family, we share all this information widely, especially on Facebook and Instagram. However, there’s a growing concern regarding parents posting pictures of their kids online.
Is it right? Will it affect the child in any way? Let’s find out.
The Cons Of Posting Your Child’s Photo Online
There are many things parents and guardians should consider before posting their children’s photos online. For starters, once something is posted online, it’s difficult to control how far it goes.
It’ll be much easier for someone to steal your child’s identity in future. It creates a permanent record and can be used by virtually anyone for any purpose. This is actually scary since there are people who use such photos to create internet memes or even use it on a website without your knowledge.
Another major issue that arises is the kind of photos that parents post. They simply don’t filter the pictures they post of their kids. They post everything from the child taking a bath, puking, crying, laughing, throwing a tantrum and virtually anything babies and older children do. These kinds of images may subject the children to bullying, teasing and self-esteem issues as they grow older.
Last but not least, by posting photos of your child on Instagram and Facebook, you’ll be targeted by advertising brands. The adverts appearing on your social media account will be flooded with baby stuff only. This is not something that you’d want, would you? Parents also unknowingly indicate their children’s whereabouts in the photos. This can make it easy for your child to be targeted by anyone with malicious intent.
The Right Way To Go About Things When Posting Your Kid’s Photos Online
Well, if you have to post a photo, there are several precautions you should take. In case you’re using your phone or tablet to take the photo, make sure you turn off the location settings. The photo should in no way give your child’s location even after you post it. This includes capturing street signs, school names and notable landmarks in the image background.
Always make sure that you don’t identify your child by their real name. You can use a nickname or simply write nothing. This way, if anyone searches your child’s name in the present or future, the images you’ve posted won’t show up.