This month, we’re talking a lot about baby safety. As a new mom you want nothing more than to share your new bundle of joy with everyone. Hundreds of photos are taken and before you know it you are posting them to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more so all of your friends and family can join with you in admiring your greatest creation. The question occurs to some – Baby Safety Is It Dangerous To Post Photos Of Your Baby Online? While the opinions are varied, we want to take an honest look at what posting your family pictures online could potentially do.
BABY SAFETY: IS IT DANGEROUS TO POST PHOTOS OF YOUR BABY ONLINE?
What are the legitimate dangers?
- Stolen images being used for other purposes. (Sold as their own, used to create fake social media profiles, used in memes on websites)
- Individuals you don’t wish to see your family or know where you live locating you via these pictures (picture taken in front of homes or in recognizable locations)
- Derogatory comments being made if your child is disabled
- Potential for stalkers to use images to fuel their obsession.
How likely are these things to happen?
Statistically speaking the things mentioned above are rare. While there are instances of theft of images,they are rare. The chances that someone will see your kids pictures and recognize you or begin stalking you are also rare, and easily prevented.
How can I safely share images of my baby online?
- Set your social media privacy settings strictly.
- Know who you have on your friends lists. If you prefer to keep images only to a select few – create special lists on Facebook to share with. This is great way to organize your friends into groups of who you are close to, who is family, and who are work friends or casual acquaintances you wouldn’t want seeing your images.
- Keep images on sharing sites to password protection mode only (sites like Flickr, Photobucket, etc. can all be locked down).
- Keep Instagram private and only add friends you know, trust and are okay with having see images.
- Utilize cloud storage like Dropbox where you can share a folder or link so your family can view images only as you wish.
- Never share nude images online – even cute baby pictures. This could be embarrassing to your child as they get older, and even tastefully done can have you flagged as posting nudity or pornography.
While I personally do not feel you are typically at great risk when posting images of your baby or your family online, I do believe there are methods of baby safety that should be in place. When your child is an infant or toddler they won’t understand when you ask their permission to post a picture online. As your child grows older, ask them first. Even if you are only sharing in private groups, you should respect their privacy and opinion.
Should you choose to post photos of your baby online, make sure you follow the safety tips above. Be cautious in when, where and how you post images for your entire family, not just your child. Enjoy the ease and fun of the world wide web and social media in sharing milestones with your friends and family.
What do you think? Does posting pictures of your child pose a threat to baby safety?