What you need to know about posting pics of your kids online

Posted on October 19th, 2018

The average parent uploads 973 photos of their child on social media by the time he or she reaches the age of 5. Here’s what you need to know about posting pics of your kids online.

What you should know about posting pics of your kids online

The average parent has uploaded 973 photos of their child on social media by the time he or she reaches the age of 5, according to a recent study on children and privacy by the online safety site, The Parent Zone.

It has become the norm for parents to snap special moments of their children on their smartphones and to share them on social media, but is this safe behaviour? Should you really be sharing that bath pic of your tot, or the one of him streaking on the lawn?

Click here to see which photos of your children you really shouldn’t be sharing on social media. 

Parents aren’t always aware of the dangers of sharing these types of photos of their kids online and that their photos can be stolen and used inappropriately by child predators. While Facebook does have strict security measures you can implement to keep your little one’s photos safe and private, not all parents are vigilant in setting them up.

The study, done on behalf of safety campaign knowthenet, found that 17% of parents had never checked their Facebook privacy settings at all, while almost half (46%) had only checked once or twice, despite Facebook being the number one spot for sharing kids’ pics.
The research involved polling 2 000 parents about how they share images of children online, as well as testing them on their knowledge of the information captured when they take pictures on different devices, such as the location data that’s stored in photos.

Click here for three tips on how to keep your child’s photos safe online.