7 Photos Experts Warn To Never Post On Social Media
Cailyn Finkel 2/1/2017
We all love to snap pictures of our little ones on a daily regularly - they're just so darn cute! However, in the midst of the camera flashes, parents should pause to think about what should be posted online and what should be kept private.
Luckily, there's a guide to help us make these decisions so we avoid any accidental wrongdoing!
Bathroom Photos Are A Strict No-No
The first time your child goes to the bathroom on the potty may seem like a good moment to share with the world - but think again! That's because creepy people all over the globe make it their life's mission to find these images and do God-knows-what with them.
You should follow the same thought process for tub time, any bathing suit photos and definitely any photos of your little one in the nude. Not only do you want to avoid unknown adults looking at the images, but your child probably won't want the entire world to see them when they're older!
Stop Posting About Other People's Children
Even schools nowadays have to get consent from parents to post images of their students online. That means you have to ask for permission too!
Yeah - the photo of your little girl's soccer game may be begging you to post, but another parent may not feel the same way! Be sure to ask for permission (either through text or email, so you can have written verification in case issues arise in the future) before posting an image with other people's children online.
Forget About Poor Parenting Choices
We all do things as a parent we don't want others to necessarily find out about. Drinking wine during playtime, putting on another episode of their favorite show while you catch up on your celebrity gossip, and other tiny parenting "faux pas" that others would frown upon.
Save yourself the social media backlash and shame by not posting about these things online!
Keep Your Kid's Awards Private
You may think sharing your children's accomplishments with your followers is a good idea, but be sure to keep official documents private. Many awards have the name of the school, your child's full name and other identifying details that you don't want strangers to know listed in bold fonts!
Embarrassing Your Kids Online Is The Last Thing You Want To Do
According to Parenting Magazine, child-shaming online can have a lasting effect on your little one's mental well-being. Not only does posting an embarrassing image online crumble the trust between the two of you, but it can also cause depression, PTSD and anxiety!
Not to mention, the images can be used as ample bullying material when your child's away from home!
Say No To Geotagged Photos
Although this one seems like a no-brainer, it's worth covering! Geotagged images, or images where the location it was taken is embedded in the post, can be incredibly dangerous in the era of cyberstalking! The last thing a pedophile needs is the exact coordinates where your child likes to frequent.
Listen To The Little Ones
Sometimes, your child might pipe up and ask you not to post something that makes them uncomfortable. Respect their wishes and don't post the image, no matter how adorable or tempting it may be. This will establish a sense of social media trust and etiquette early - which is something they will need as an adult in the coming years!
Some of these points may seem like common sense, but take a peek on Instagram and Facebook and you'll see millions of parents making these mistakes. If you know someone who likes to post these types of images online, be sure to share this story on your Facebook page!
Sources: Parenting.com, nafme.org