WHY YOU SHOULDN'T POST YOUR CHILDREN PHOTOS ON THE INTERNET
These days, it's hard to find a single person that hasn't published at least one photo online. We share our privacy generously and without any resistance. And apart of that, we give away the privacy of our children that one day may have a completely different opinion on this subject. We also don't know the opinion of society on this almost "Orwell phenomenon" in the next 10, 20, 30 years. Will our child be satisfied with the fact that their life is documented online? Are you, Dear Parents, sure that your children really want to be seen in a bath or in some other intimate situations at home? Maybe sometimes it's worth considering before you publish half of lives of your loved ones. And what's more important, let's think about the serious consequences of these actions.
Maybe you're not aware but there is number of reasons why we should be very careful about posting photos on the Internet:
1. PHOTOS HAVE GEOLOCATION
These days, modern technologies are everywhere and we use them with almost everything we do. There are also such technologies, the existence of which we simply do not know, such as geolocation on our mobile phones.
You don't realize how easily you can be traced using geolocation. How easy it is to find out where you live, how does your house look like and what do you do every day. And going this way, what your children do on a daily basis. Usually this function is very useful, but it can also be dangerous and help some strange people to locate the whereabouts of our child. I don't think it's something we really want, do we?
2. PICTURES CAN SHOW YOUR CHILDREN'S INTERESTS AND HOBBIES
Looking at the number of photos posted every day on different social networks, there are many users - parents.
It's great that your daughter takes ballet lessons, play rugby or love tennis but for the potential oppressor (strong word, isn't it? There're a lot of such people behind the computer screen) it's a sign that she can be found in those specific locations, eg. where the classes take place.
We know that every parent wants to share with family and friends the happiness of son's first victory in the football tournament or show daughter's beautiful performance at the talent contest, but restraint is important in everything. And especially when it comes to the good of our beloved little ones.
3. NEVER EVER UPLOAD THE PHOTOS OF PASSPORT OR ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS
The stupidest thing that anybody, not only a parent, can do is posting images of documents on the Internet. It's hard to even imagine who would do such thing, but we definitely wouldn't think about any parent putting his own child in such risk.
Don't brag about school certificates, ID or new passport of your child, or at least do not post pictures of it online. It's very easy to track the school or place of living then. Probably no need to explain why it's dangerous.
4. SMALL CHILDREN IN THE BATH OR POOL ARE LOVELY, BUT…
...remember that there are people who look at such photos in a totally different way than you do. Pictures of children are searched by a variety of dangerous people, and then copied, distributed and processed in many disgusting ways. Thanks to the profile information it's also easier for such people to gain the trust of vulnerable children. Unfortunately, on the Internet you can find thousands of children's photos in the bath, pool or in other intimate situations.
5. PHOTOS FOUND ON THE INTERNET MAY BE ONCE THE SOURCE OF MOCKERY FROM PEERS
Teens tend to be cruel, and HATE became a fact long time ago. Sometimes the photos that parents put on the Internet can be a real disaster for their children's reputation. Certainly not all pictures can cause harm, but unfortunately there are some which may become a subject of ridicule of peers. Sometimes silly face of our child or the information about his first poo is the perfect excuse for jokes of terrible kids from school.
6. ONCE YOU POST PHOTO ONLINE, DE FACTO IT STOPS BEING YOUR PROPERTY
Copyright protection? Bla, bla, bla. In fact, you can not control what happens with the photographs after they're shared on the Internet. They can be copied, distributed or processed the way somebody wants. They may be saved on hundreds of servers and you won't be able to cancel it for good. Unfortunately, the Internet doesn't forget!
I'd lie if I ensured you that I have never posted pictures of my kids on the Internet. There are some precautions you can take. I secured old photo-blog with password, Instagram account is private, on Facebook I care that the private images could not please the eye of random people. I know this is a very false sense of control and dominion over the situation, but parental vanity and the desire to show friends part of my life sometimes win.
At the end of this a little issue to think about: would you like, for example YOUR parents, to post today half of your family album on the Internet? Hmmm...