We all live in a world where snapping photos, selfies of your kids and posting them to social media is now rampant. But while sharing shots of little ones at birthday parties, wearing new outfits, or at the beach having fun like during the summer holidays, some moments should remain private. Otherwise, you may put kids at risk for embarrassment, or even worse, make them a potential target for child predators. So we suggest that parents to should keep these eight photos of kids off the Internet:
1. Bath time
Funny enough some parents do it and smile away with their friends but in real sense its actually bad. Any photo of your child partially or completely naked, like while he or she is bathing, is not for public consumption.
2. When they're sick or injured
As parents, it's our job to protect our kids, not take advantage of them. Ask yourself this question: Would you want someone posting pictures of you while you're feeling lousy? Probably not. Apply that standard when you consider what to post and what not to.You can actually share with friends online about their health but the post shouldn’t include the sick or injured child in it.
3. Shaming photos
Child shaming online seems to be all the rage, but this practice can have devastating effects on kids in the short and long term. Not only does shaming violate trust between parents
and children, it may cause post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety later in life.
4. On the potty
Photos of your kids doing their business are best kept private when you think of potential future consequences. Remember, anything you share online lasts forever; except you deleted the post immediately after you posted it but even before deleting it some sharp ones must have helped you to save the picture already. Lol do you really think your teen wants to see a shot of himself doing pooping for the first time?
5. Private details
Keep your children safe by never sharing their full names, addresses, where they go to school, if they are babysitting alone somewhere, etc. You don't know who might use this information for purposes other than what it was intended.For no reason should you ever share this information online.
6. Group pictures
If you decided to share photos of your kids online, great. But it's not okay to make this decision for other parents, who may not feel comfortable having their children's faces plastered all over social media. Make sure you have the approval to post any group picture of your child posing or playing with other children.
7. Bullying pictures
Consider how posting certain pictures online may impact your child at school. For instance, a picture exposing a weakness, fear or maybe a silly nickname could humiliate your child and have repercussions on his social life much later in life.
8. Unsafe activities
Photos of these seemingly harmless moments were taken in good fun, but sharing them online opens you up for criticism and potential problems since all the surrounding details may not be immediately evident upon first glance.
What kinds of pictures do you think are best kept private and off social media?
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