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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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