There’s nothing wrong with sharing photos of your children online with friends and family. However, if parents don’t manage privacy settings, the photos and videos can be viewed by anybody, including online predators, identity thieves and the rest of the world.
Things to consider before sharing photos or info about children
- Don’t upload nude photos of your child. Photos can be viewed, downloaded and shared all over the internet, and may fall into the wrong hands. Nude images of a minor are considered child pornography. It’s illegal to send, receive or even possess such images.
- 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.
- If you’re taking a photo of someone else’s child, ask their parent’s permission before using the photo. Put yourself in their shoes and think of whether you’d want someone to upload a photo of your child.
Protect your family photos online
- Make sure they’re private - share only with family and close friends.
- Learn how to manage privacy settings on your social networks so you can have some control over who sees your posts.
- Don’t post the name of your child’s school, day care, or 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 use your photos and claim them as their own.