We live connected to the Internet and to others through social networks. It is becoming more and more common and normal to take photographs of our children and post them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter …, but parents must take some measures so that this is not dangerous for children. For example, parents who want to publish photos of their children on social networks, it is important that they have good privacy settings activated so that the images do not circulate on the Internet without their consent or fall into the hands of strangers.
But, regardless of the privacy of the photos on your social networks, there are moments that should remain private (private? I doubt) and that it is NEVER a good idea for you to share with others over the Internet. There are images that are best kept for family privacy to avoid exposing children to shame or making them a target for pedophiles. But, what moments are those that should be kept in family privacy forever? We give you 8 examples.
Any photograph in which your child is completely or partially naked is not an image for other people to see. It is possible that you live that moment as very tender and adorable, but if that image falls into the wrong hands it can be dangerous. Too many people should be in jail for having pornographic images of children.
When they are sick or injured
As parents, it is our job to protect children, but not to take advantage of them to earn some ‘likes’ on the Internet. Ask yourself: ‘Would you like someone to post pictures of you on the Internet while you are sick or feeling terrible?’ The answer is probably NO. Well, with that answer you already know what you have to do when your child is sick: take care of him and keep the mobile camera.
Making a fool of yourself
Maybe when your child is making a fool of himself it seems something funny and you want to share it to have a laugh … But we are talking about your children and perhaps over the years it will not seem so funny that others remember or have in their power that kind of images. Feeling shame violates the trust between parents and children, but it can even generate post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety in the future of your children’s lives.
On the urinal or toilet
The photographs of your children in the toilet or on the potty should remain in the family and private memory. The consequences of putting them on the Internet can be bad, also, what do you think your child will think when he sees in the future that there is an image of him on the Internet doing his business?
It is ESSENTIAL to keep children safe by never sharing their full names, addresses, where they go to school, if they are being cared for by babysitters at home… You cannot know who could use that information or what for. Unfortunately, there are bad people in the world, just as there are good ones, but it will always be worth preventing.
Group images with other children
If you want to share images of your children on the Internet, it is your decision, but do not make that decision for other parents and avoid publishing images of other children since their parents may feel uncomfortable or angry when they see them later on social networks. If you want to upload an image of someone else’s child, you will ALWAYS have to ask their respective parents for permission.
Can you imagine how these types of images could affect your child emotionally and also at school? You will be showing his vulnerability, his fear, everyone will know what they do to him at school … If you publish that type of images, anyone will feel capable of doing it and even humiliating him in public. The repercussions on your child’s social life can be fatal.
Maybe some unsafe situations for your children seem funny such as picking up a bottle of alcohol or having it on your lap while you drive without any security … But no, it is not funny. These situations, in addition to being unsafe, can bring you serious and even legal problems.