Sharing photos of our adorable little ones on social media is one of the joys of motherhood, but some shots should still remain private for their safety.
Certain types of photos, if fallen into the wrong hands, can be misused to your child’s detriment. So keep them to yourself!
If a photo shows your child completely or partially naked, it’s not a good idea to make it public. What seems cute to us – a little kid splashing about in the bath – may be fodder for child pornographers or sexual predators.
NEXT: School photos →
This could clue predators in on where your kids go to school. It’s even more sketchy if you post pictures of them with their school name tags, which bear their full names. Keep such photos private so you don’t unintentionally give important details to a stalker.
NEXT: Personal documents →
Never give out your child’s birth certificate or passport information online, as this confidential information can be used to obtain details about them, like their medical and travel history, whereabouts and habits. It seems like a no-brainer, but photos of their personal documents can sometimes indirectly reveal such information.
NEXT: Group photos →
When posting pictures of other parents’ kids, be sure to ask them for permission first. Many prefer not to share photos of their kids online in case they get misused, and you should respect their privacy if this is what they choose to do – or not to do.
NEXT: Being on the potty →
Snaps of Junior on the potty aren’t a good idea, either. They could be embarrassing for your child when he or she has grown up. Even if you take it down after, it might have already circulated elsewhere.
NEXT: Photos of your sick or injured kid →
Documenting your kid’s illness or unfortunate broken arm is understandable, but keep it offline as it could otherwise expose their vulnerability to potential kidnappers or stalkers. There’s also a growing trend of online scammers who save kids’ pictures and use them to start fake charity appeals online.
NEXT: Unsafe activities →
It seems cute and funny to share pictures of your kid holding a bottle of beer, but these pictures, when taken out of context, could be misleading and cause misunderstandings. It’s best not to invite controversy by having others assume you may be mistreating or abusing your child.
NEXT: Bath time →
By Lisa Twang, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, March 2017
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