In order to help protect your child’s privacy and identity, here are a few guidelines parents should follow:
1. Don’t post inappropriate or embarrassing photos
There are many adorable photos of children playing in swimsuits, taking a bath, or making faces while going to the bathroom. These cute pictures are memories parents want to share with friends and family…but don’t do it via social media. Even with secure privacy settings, pictures online can still be shared, reposted and abused without your permission.
Help protect your child’s privacy and their identity by not posting pictures of your children naked, wearing minimal clothing or when they are doing embarrassing things.
2. Don’t post pictures that reveal your child’s location or personal information
This is simply a safety issue. Let’s say your children are playing in the front yard, and you snap a picture of them and post it on Facebook. In the picture you happen to catch your house address and the nearby street sign in the background. Now someone who doesn’t know will know your address. The same kind of thing can happen in a park that you mention is right across the street. Turn off the location for your pictures. You want to show that your children are happy and doing well, but no one needs to know where you are.
Names, ages and birth dates are all important identifiers for your child. To avoid identity theft don’t post your child’s full name. Many parents choose to give their child a social media nickname which allows them to identify their child for friends and family, but still protect their child’s identity.
3. Ask for permission
There will come a time that your children will have an opinion about what gets posted on Facebook. Respect their desire to build up their own social media presence. How comfortable would you be if your mom or dad was in control of your social media? Would they post things you would post? Think about your children in a similar way.
When they are old enough, give them veto power over any image or video you post. They should help decide what images of them are shared online. This will also help them respect you, because you respected them.