Is Posting Pictures of Your Kids Online Violating Their Privacy?

July 09, 2017

Parents post kid pics every day for many different reasons. They’re cute or funny. They achieved something worth being really proud of. They’re the center of a parent’s world so it just seems easy to post and post about them. But what if kids don’t want those pictures posted? What if they’re embarrassing, humiliating or maybe they simply don’t want anyone else seeing them? Do they have a right to their own picture privacy?

Parents should just as respectful with their kids’ privacy as they are with their own. If a parent would want to give permission before someone posted a picture of them on social media, kids should be given the same opportunity.

If a child is too young to ask their permission, then use good judgment before posting anything. Be aware that posted pictures are public pictures even with privacy settings in place. It’s possible they could end up in the hands of the wrong person. Photos of all kinds can be captured and used for illicit purposes.

Research performed by the Australian government found that the majority of pictures of young children discovered on porn sites were initially posted by parents to their Facebook and Instagram accounts. Although many of the pictures shared by the parents were not inappropriate, the comments accompanying the pictures were vulgar.

Children as young as three or four can give an opinion of whether or not they want a picture of themselves shared on social media. It’s good to make it a practice to always ask kids if it is ok to share their photos online.

When in doubt, parents can ask themselves the following questions to help decide whether or not a kid pic post is worth it …

Who does it serve to share information or photos about a child? If it only serves you, than it may not be a good idea.

Is what you’re sharing something you believe people will enjoy? You may think it’s funny at the time, but if it could embarrass your child, then it’s probably not worth it.

Is what you’re posting something you’ll like seeing when the memory pops up? If the post is a reminder of a not-so-great day, it may be worth reconsidering.

Parents naturally make rules for kids when it comes to social media. Perhaps parents can consider those same rules for themselves as well and be especially mindful of privacy violations. what if kids don’t want those pictures posted

Posted in Tech Safety, Safe Planning on Jul 09, 2017

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About the Author Amy WIlliams

Amy Williams is a free-lance journalist based in Southern California and mother of two. As a parent, she enjoys spreading the word on positive parenting techniques in the digital age and raising awareness on issues like cyberbullying and online safety.

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