What parent hasn’t snapped the obligatory pic of your child in the bathtub? Or taken a quick pic of their kid’s tiny hiney running down the hall? More and more, readily armed with technology and recording devices, parents are able to capture these fleeting moments and have them forever.
What’s important to remember is what you plan to do with these photos. Sharing on your social networks means you open yourself up to anyone on the web, even with certain privacy limitations and settings. Keeping these images for yourself on your phone and sharing in person is a much safe strategy that can prevent your images from appearing in web searches and in the hands of the wrong people.
While it’s not illegal to have photos of your child there is a legal grey area. If you do plan to share your photos online, here are a few tips to keep your family safe:
- Keep social networks private – If you do plan to share with your closest friends on the internet, make sure you are not completely open to all viewers. Guess what, Google indexes all these images too!
- Refrain from posting anything questionable – if you have to ask what would people think? You probably shouldn’t post it.
- Keep it age appropriate – Babys wrapped in a blanket? No problem, totally innocent. Children over ten not fully clothed? Probably one you should keep off-line and potentially not even take.
Overall photos and sharing methods today can be a touchy subject. With a camera in our pocket and instant access to everything, it’s easy to make a misstep. When it comes to photos of your beloved fam and little ones be thoughtful; take a beat before posting and determine the best place to hold this memory.