Snapping photos of your kids at birthday parties wearing cute outfits, or running around at the zoo and posting them on social media has become quite the norm. But, there are some moments that should remain private and offline. You could risk embarassing your little one, or even worse, make them a potential target for child predators.
Parenting.com suggests keeping these five photos of your kids off the Internet:
Bath time snaps
Don’t post any photos of your child partially or completely naked, like while he is bathing, or running around nude on the grass after a swim, on social media. While you might think this is super cute, these photos can fall into the wrong hands, such as those of child pornographers.
Child shaming online has become quite popular, but this practice can have very negative effects on children both in the short and long term. Shaming not only violates the trust between parent and child, but it may also cause post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety later in life.
Yes, we all get super excited when our kids go to the potty for the first time and we want to capture that memory. But, let’s keep it in the family and off the Internet. Your teenager will hate you when his friends find that snap of him doing a No.2 for the first time.
Other people’s kids
If you take group photos of the kids playing at a playdate or at a birthday party, check with the other parents first whether or not they feel comfortable with you sharing photos of their kids online.
You let your little one hold a beer bottle for a second and snap a quick pic – “Baby’s first beer”, or you leave your little one sitting in the waves alone on the beach (even though dad is just centimetres away) while you try to capture the perfect “Our first time at the beach” photo. These snaps are fun and might seem like a good idea at the time, but posting them on social media can open you up for criticism and potential problems. Remember, not all your friends on social media know the full context of how the photo was taken.
We’d like to hear from you. What kinds of pictures do you think are best kept private and off of social media?
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.