Is it safe to post pictures of my kid online?

Sharing pictures of our kids with friends and family is one of the most popular uses of social media and has become an everyday way to stay in touch. But it's worth knowing the facts before posting pictures or letting other people post pictures of your kids.

First, posting photos of your kids creates a digital footprint -- a kind of electronic paper trail -- that forms their identities in a world they haven't chosen to enter. Someday your preschoolers will grow up, and they might not want documentation of their diaper days hanging out online for their friends to find! Second, once you post a photo online, you lose control over it. Someone could easily copy the photo, tag it, save it, or otherwise use it -- and you might never know. Finally, everything you post has information that is valuable to advertisers and data collectors; posting a photo of a kid identifies you as someone who might be interested in baby products, for example.

At the very least, you can minimize the consequences with these precautions: Use privacy settings; limit the audience of a post (only to family, for example); turn off your phone's GPS; consider using a nickname for your kids; and think about using photo-sharing sites such as Picasa and Flickr that require users to log in to see pictures (unlike on social media, where all your followers can see them).

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Adult written by Norman d.

Judging by some of the comments we really are too trusting of corporate media. The recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal where Facebook allowed a political fixer to have access to 50 million accounts to influence the Brexit and US presidential campaign outcomes should set off red flags. Corporations use the minimal amount of security allowable. They aren't there to safeguard your privacy, they're there to harvest information and profiles to sell. Conveniences shouldn't be confused with trust. What about your child's privacy rights? How will they feel knowing they grew up with such an exposed life? Is there nothing sacred or private in your child's life anymore?
Parent written by George K.

From what I have managed to gather so far, and with what's been going on with all that elsa g*** scandals and from what's been happening in the third world right now, i suggest the kid be taught everything about how the world of internet goes round. If we're not preparing them before handing them a tablet, we're essentially steering them towards an imminent disaster, sad as it may be. I feel some of the things we need to do include: 1. Doing one-on-one sessions, teaching them there's never such a thing as a free lunch and that hackers, criminals, malicious people and even molesters (use better words with kids ofc) among others are ready to exploit adults, let alone kids. You can make it playful with fancy words like online survival guide to give him feel like an astronaut in a simulator, a sort of sense of adventure if you will. 2. Limiting the kids' access to apps, like activating restricted mode in an app that has it. YouTube Kids is also a decent example. 3. Never expose your credit card credentials to kids. I've come across parents that were scratching their heads until they found out who ordered all that needless stuff :D 4. Use private apps that offer end-to-end encryption. 5. Use antivirus and software that can screen malicious content before malware or trojans or any sort of virus get downloaded/triggered. protection software like eset nod 32, kaspersky, norton and ivacy vpn are prime examples. 6. Most importantly, not trust their whereabouts or information that can be sensitive to people they meet online, even if they appear harmless. you know what they say about looks
Kid, 9 years old

If you don't want the consequences at all, keep the photo to yourself and don't post it anywhere online.
Teen, 14 years old written by gerry farahm

absolutely safe to post pictures of your kids online as long as theyre not sexual then you wont be seeing any FBI
Teen, 17 years old written by DarkOreo

I agree But don't go over the top if you post on instargram Just put it on privet and ONLY LET YOUR FAMLIY OR FRIENDS
Teen, 17 years old written by ShiroSans

You should be careful when you post images of your children on the internet. As the article above said "you lose control over it." There are crimes related to things such as posting images of your children. If you do, make sure you're not geotagging where you took the image, and you shouldn't have your child's name posted everywhere with the image. That can lead to identity theft which is a pain to deal with.
Teen, 16 years old written by Silverfall

While for the most part safe, there is a growing crime called 'digital kidnapping' in which individuals or companies steal children's images and use their images in advertisements or more sinister things. Parents should keep things like this in mind.
Kid, 11 years old

Yes it is okay to share photos of your kid online to look back to the memories. But anyone can view your photos even if your account is private. There is aslo digital kidnapping which is when people steal people's pictures of their kids and then the repost on their profile posing as the parent or guardian or relative . Be careful what you put online
Teen, 17 years old written by McGunz

Sure, memories to look back at. But, remember everything is viewable or can be accessed by anyone, even if it is private. Everything stays on the Internet forever.
Teen, 14 years old written by ckaykay

Make sure it's not a picture that's something that you'll regret, and also check with kid (if he/she is older) to make sure they're not embarrassed. It's totally not a big deal or something to stress over. But if you're worried about posting the picture then change the settings so only friends or family can see it.
Parent of a 13 year old written by fleecy34

No never put pictures of yourself or someone on Facebook and stuff like that without permission I don't because of health and saftey nether share your personal details and if they read this they should be fine