We live in a world where sharing photos of your kids on social media is natural and somewhat expected. We love our kids and think everything they do is super cute and we want to show everyone how cute they really are, but while sharing shots of little ones is perfectly fine, some moments should remain private. As parents we have to be conscious of the dangers and risks that we impose by sharing on social media. Here a few things you should think twice about before sharing.
Any photo of your child partially or completely naked, may not be the best for public consumption. Unfortunately, what you think is the cutest moment of your nakey baby could very well fall into the wrong hands.
When they're sick or injured
Ask yourself this question: Would you want someone posting pictures of you while you're feeling lousy? Probably not. Though those dosey little eyes may be the cute, be sure to apply the same standard that you consider when posting your own pictures.
Child shaming photos are trending, just check out the hashtags. Admittedly, most of the troubles that kiddos get into are pretty funny but this practice can have devastating effects on kids in the short and long term. Not only does shaming violate trust between parents and children, it may cause post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety later in life. Remember that photos posted online, don't go away and features such as TimeHop can haunt you every year.
On the potty
Potty training is a huge milestone so you may be tempted to share photos of your kiddos doing their business but these moments are best kept private. Remember, anything you share online lasts forever. Again, would you want this photo of yourself on social media?
Keep children safe by being very careful about sharing their full names, addresses, where they go to school, if they are babysitting alone somewhere, etc. online, especially on public profiles. You don't know who might use this information for purposes other than what was intended.
If you're ok with sharing photos of your kids online, great. But other parents may not feel comfortable having their children's faces shared on social media. Make sure you ask for permission to post any photos including other children. You may not know situations in other children's lives and the last thing you want to do is put another child in danger.
Your child picks up an adult beverage and before you grab it someone snaps a picture. Maybe you've let your child sit in your lap to move the car from the garage to the driveway, pausing to get a shot. these types of photos are seemingly harmless and taken in good fun, but sharing them online opens you up for a whirlwind of problems.
What kinds of pictures do you think are best kept private and off of social media?