While you may think there is nothing risky about posting pictures and information of your children on social media, there are surprisingly a few things you shouldn’t post to keep your kids safe.
While the picture of your child that you posted could simply be a smiling one taken in front of your home, the fact that you posted your private property can make your information public.
Street signs, house numbers, and apartment addresses might seem like harmless background, but once you post that picture, it could get around, making your child vulnerable to identity theft, digital kidnapping, where strangers lift the images and pretend the children are their own, or even actual kidnapping.
Your child may just be holding up a ball on with the number “6” to celebrate their birthday. This may not seem like a big deal at first thought but it actually is!
By holding up those numbers, you are giving away information such as your child’s birth date or place of birth and full name. Those identifiers are used to reference many private accounts. Before you post to social, take a step back and think of the information you’re giving away.
Partially undressed Pictures
Babies splashing around during bath time are definitely adorable, but posting pictures of your children in any state of undress is not a smart thing to do.
Even though it is sad to imagine that people will prey on young ones, the fact is those photos could fall into the wrong hands and be accessible to online predators. Think of your kids as autonomous people who are entitled to protection not only from physical harm those that seem inconsequential as well.
More so, avoid posting photos of other people’s kids without their permission as it is illegal in some countries.
Shaming your child online by posting their poor Grades is not a smart thing to do. While it’s understandable to reach out and ask for help, social media is not the place to do it.
Furthermore, doing this will only have you crowdsourcing advice, much of which might not be sound and is better reserved for a parent-teacher interaction. It could potentially come back to hurt your child also, as a lot of employers now use social networking sites to research job candidates. Don’t start your child off in life on a bad note.
Vulnerable Or Embarrassing Pictures
Posting a photo of your sick child might garner sympathy from your followers on social media but have you stopped to consider how it may affect your child later on?
What you consider a moment to cherish might be embarrassing to them. The next time your kid’s sick, stop to consider: “Would your child want to see this photo of themselves online in the future?” Keep moments that might make your child blush from embarrassment offline.
The “cute” tantrum that your child is throwing might seem sort of funny when it occurred, but documenting poor behaviour could come back to haunt your kid down the line. While parents have a right to share, it’s important to consider the autonomy of the child and allow them to create their own digital footprint.