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.
‘Average parent is like a loving but voracious paparazzi, uploading 973 photos of their child by the age of 5’ https://t.co/MgnJstXTvT
— Emma Sadleir (@EmmaSadleir) October 28, 2015
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?
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.