Your Baby and Social Media

Anyone who knows me will testify to my willingness and frequency for sharing photos of Beckett online. I regularly share photos to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Of course I often get asked am I not worried about privacy. And to be completely honest, I don't. I have always made sure to keep my privacy settings up to date and I am always careful about adding or connecting with people. Beyond that I just make sure that the photos I share are suitable to be put out in the public sphere.

So what do you need to know about sharing photos of your kids online?

Firstly, if you are even slightly concerned about people seeing your photos who aren't your friends or family I would suggest that you don't share any. The easiest way to make sure that your photos stay 100% private and secure is to not put them online. Simple. However, if you do want to share photos of your baby then follow these simple rules:

  • Make sure that you are only connected to / friends with people that you know and trust
  • Set your profile to not be publicly viewable
  • Ensure that any photos you do share do not reveal any personal details
  • Do not share photos of your child in any sort of state of undress
  • Always ask the permission to share the photo of anyone else in the photo, especially if there are other children in the photo

As simple as these 5 rules may be, it never fails to surprise me how many people don't follow them.

Remember though, as I said above, if you want to be 100% certain about the privacy of your photos then don't share them.
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