Children are people too and have a right to their dignity. The pictures you share of them on Social Media may put your children at risk for embarrassment, or even worse, make them a potential target for child predators. So, we suggest keeping these eight photos of kids off the Internet:
- Bath time: Any photo of your child partially or completely naked, like when he is bathing, is not for public consumption. Unfortunately there are some sick people out there and your photos could fall into the wrong hands, such as those of child pornographers.
- When they are sick or injured: As parents it’s our job to protect our kids, not take advantage of them. Would you want someone to post pictures of you while you’re feeling lousy?
- Shaming photos: Child shaming seems to be all the rage, but this can have devastating effects on kids, Not only does shaming violate trust between parents an children it may cause anxiety and depression later in life
- On the toilet: Remember anything you share online lasts forever! Do you really think your teen wants the world to see a picture of him doing a No.2 for the first time?
- Private details: Keep your children safe by never sharing their full names, addresses, school, if they are alone somewhere etc. You don’t know who might use this information
- Group pictures: If you decide to share photos of your kids online, great. BUT it’s not ok to make this decision for other parents and kids. Make sure you have clearance to post any group pictures.
- Bullying fodder: Consider how certain pictures may impact your child at school: For instance, a picture exposing a weakness, a silly nickname or anything that could humiliate them.
- Unsafe activities: Photos of seemingly harmless moments where you hold your toddler on your lap to move the car into the garage or they hold a beer bottle for an instance open you up for criticism and potential problems.