Many parents post photos of their children on social media because they’re proud and want to stay connected with family and friends. It makes sense to want to share the joy your children bring your life!
But how much sharing is too much, and can doing this put children in danger? Let’s break down three of the dangers of posting children’s pictures on social media, along with questions you should ask yourself before hitting “publish.”
3 Reasons Not to Post About Your Child on Social Media
1. Posting Puts Your Child at Risk for Digital Kidnapping
Digital kidnapping is a type of identity theft that occurs when someone takes photos of a child from social media and repurposes them with new names and identities—often claiming the child as their own.
2. Sharing Images and Videos on Social Media Can Invade Your Child’s Privacy
While young children might not be aware of what their parents share about them on social media, that likely won’t be the case as they get older. Eventually children develop a sense of self and how the rest of the world perceives them. Their privacy becomes more of a concern, and they may feel embarrassed about the content shared, including early childhood anecdotes, funny photos, and updates on developmental and behavioral challenges.
3. Your Social Media Posts Might Be a Source for Bullying
You should also be concerned about the way others react to what you share about your child on social media. Peers may use your content to make fun of, insult, and even bully your child as he or she grows older. What’s to stop a classmate from sharing a photo that your child finds embarrassing? What if that photo goes viral in their school? It doesn’t take much for a family’s inside joke to turn into embarrassing gossip.
Don’t let the dangers of posting children’s pictures on social media put your child or your family in a difficult position. And if you find your child the victim of digital kidnapping, or worse, partner with a professional private investigator for assistance. Contact She Spies Private Eye at 512-246-9889 or 214-227-8177 for a discreet consultation.