Parents, post pictures privately
Parents of children younger than 16 share an average of 208 images of their kids online every year. That’s almost 1,000 photos online by the time a child reaches age 5.
Research reveals that 17 percent of parents have never checked their Facebook privacy settings, while almost half have only checked them once or twice, despite Facebook being the No. 1 site for sharing pictures of children.
Why is this a concern?
- Facebook attracts scams, fraud and malware.
- Location data, or GPS information, might be stored with each image. That makes it easy for strangers to figure out where you and your children live and play, which isn’t safe.
- Many parents mistakenly believe they hold the rights to the photos they post. In fact, Facebook and Instagram retain the right to use images to promote their services without asking permission.
Be careful about the kind of information you post and who you share it with:
- Review your privacy settings on the social media sites you use, and make sure they aren’t just the default settings. Facebook happens to be beta testing a new tool called Privacy Checkup that you can find under the Privacy shortcuts (the right-most icon, which resembles a lock, in the blue header on the site).
- Turn off location information on your smartphone’s camera. For iPhones, tap General Settings, Restrictions then “Location Services.” For Android devices, look at your camera settings and turn off “location tags.
- Make sure to ask for permission before posting pictures that include others, especially children.
- Think twice before you upload. Remember: What goes online stays online. Ten years from now, will your child appreciate the posts you make today?
Published Jun 2, 2015