Posting photos of children online
There’s nothing wrong with sharing photos of children online with friends and family. However, if parents don’t know how to manage privacy settings, the photos and videos can be viewed by anybody, including identity thieves, online predators and the rest of the world.
Things to consider before sharing photos or info about children
- Before you upload a photo of your child, ask yourself whether your child would be embarrassed about it in a few years’ time. You may think it’s cute but they won’t. Imagine if someone posted embarrassing photos of you without your permission.
- Don’t upload naked photos of your child online. Remind yourself that photos can be viewed, downloaded and shared all over the Internet, and may fall into the hands of a paedophile. In Brunei Darussalam it is a crime to produce, distribute, receive or possess child pornography.
- If you are taking a photo of someone else’s child, ask their parents’ permission before using the photo. Put yourself in their shoes and think of whether you would want someone to upload a photo of your child.
Protect your family photos online
- Make sure they are private – share only with family and close friends.
- Learn how to manage privacy settings on your social networks including Facebook & Instagram, so you can have some control over who you are sharing them with.
- Never post the name of your child’s school, day care, or any other information that would enable someone to locate your child.
- Ask family members and friends to follow the same precautions when posting about your family online.
- Add a watermark when posting photos online. This ensures other people can’t just “borrow” photos to claim as their own or to use in other media.
- Do not post or tag photos of other children without the consent of their parents.
- Monitor your child’s Facebook page. For your information, Facebook requires people to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. Creating an account with false information is a violation of Facebook’s terms. When your kids are old enough to have their own Facebook page, keep a close eye on what they post. It’s never too early to teach good online habits.