Having small children means having a world full of firsts– everything from the first day of school to losing their first tooth, sharing your child’s experiences online has become the norm. Because social media is such a huge part of today’s culture, it is hard to imagine not sharing all of your adorable photography memories with friends and family. But it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest technology updates to ensure that your child’s memories stay safe.
Check Your Privacy Settings
Start by examining the privacy settings on your social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Each platform offers their own customizable privacy settings, so get to know your account and understand what your current settings mean. For instance, make sure that your privacy settings on Facebook are set to only share with your friends. This means that only those you request or accept, can see your child’s smiling face. You can even create customizable lists for your albums on Facebook so that you can pick among your “friends” who can view your album.
Too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing. This is true with uploading pictures to social media as well. Constantly uploading pictures, can accidentally reveal a little too much information about your children’s lives. As tempting as it may be now, avoid posting embarrassing pictures of your children on the internet because those images could hang around online for the next 20 years.
Turn Off Your Location Services
When posting your child’s portraits to social media from your phone, make sure that you disable your devices’ location services. When your location services are turned on, your device shares your location along with your photos, making your location public.
If publicizing your location is a concern for you, make sure that you also avoid uploading images of your child with a geo-tag or landmark. This will help you avoid sharing your child’s whereabouts.
Keep Others in Mind
Be conscious of others in your photos. Online privacy is important and keeping children’s images safe is a concern for most parents. So, before posting images of your child and their friends, make sure that you have consent from other parents.
As a parent, it can be easy to fall victim to oversharing. So keep these tips in mind when posting pictures of children online and stay in control of the images and information that you disclose on the internet.