TAKING ACTION: Researchers encourage parents to think before they post pictures of their children

Image courtesy of MGN Online

Image courtesy of MGN Online

Often times parents use social media as a means to stay connected with family and friends who live far away. But, experts are saying sharing pictures of your children is not always safe.

A recent study by internet security firm AVG found 92% of 2-year-olds in the United States already have an online presence. In a recent CNN article, researchers with the University of Florida shared some helpful dos and don’ts for social media posting

Do:

  • Do familiarize yourself with the privacy policies of the sites with which you share.
  • Do set up a notification to alert whenever your child’s name appears in a Google search result.
  • Do share anonymously, and consider not sharing publicly, if you choose to post about your child’s behavior struggles.
  • Do consider the effect sharing can have on your child’s current and future sense of self and well-being.
  • Do give your child veto power over online disclosures, including images, quotes, accomplishments and challenges.

Don’t:

  • Don’t, or use caution, when sharing your child’s actual location.
  • Don’t post pictures that show your child in any state of undress.

For more helpful advice on protecting your children from online predators or child identity theft, check out the article “The dos and don’ts of posting about your kid online.”