Photos of our kids - to share or not to share ?

Anna - posted on 03/31/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hello moms, I would like to hear your mind. We are all proud of our children and want to show the world how pretty , smart etc they are. And how happy they make us feel. But how appropriate is it to post info about your most precious ones on facebook or a blog? I've recently read ANOTHER article , warning me about the dangers of sharing personal information (names , birth date etc) of your kids online. The two points that I remembered were , first that when your kid grows up, It wouldn't be that happy to read about his reflux or colics problems as baby. Second, more and more employers research their employees unsing the web. And the third reason was the fear of pedophiles that lurke behind their screen...

So what are your thoughts and feelings about sharing photos of your children?

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Kay - posted on 04/01/2012

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If you are going to blog, it is a bit trickier. I would shop blog sites and pick the one that has the best privacy settings for you. I have a livejournal account that is completely private--no one has access but me. Their privacy settings are cool, but you do have to be a member and so do your readers.



Nicknames or first names would be okay. Birthdays, probably okay. Pictures would depend on the privacy settings of the site, in my opinion. I just don't want my boys' pictures being used for nefarious purposes, personally.

Anna - posted on 04/01/2012

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Thanks girls , same here. Family and friends are far away,so I keep them updated about kids growth.Than re-think it and delete the kids photos.

I would like to blog some kids photos. How should I proceed?

No names, no faces?

Kay - posted on 04/01/2012

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Employers who are researching a potential employee online will likely search for profiles and blogs that are in their names, not someone else's. The one possible exception to that is if someone posts a picture of them performing an illicit act with their full name, information, and photograph. "Hey, here is a photo of John Jacob Jinglehemier Smith performing a human sacrifice for good luck during his next job interview!" ;)



My biggest worry about posting pictures would be pedophiles, and my biggest concern regarding posting information would be identity theft. Both of these concerns are easily dealt with via privacy settings and controlling who is on your page.



We have family all over the US. For us, Facebook is a way to easily keep them up to date and let Grandma see photos of the kids that she would not have an opportunity to otherwise, even as activities are happening. I am very glad that the privacy setting have updated over the years to make it easier to keep photos private, but I am also glad for the opportunity to share them with our widespread family. :)

Tabitha - posted on 04/01/2012

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Posting a photo or 2 of your kids should be fine if your profile is set to private(friends only) and you've only accepted friend requests from people you actually know. I would probably leave out names and birth dates, no one really needs to know that info. Your friends will already know their names anyway. Use nicknames. Also, I doubt they are going to grow up and read something you posted 15-16 years ago and if they did, I doubt they'd be upset. Employers are researching employees on the web but these are pics of children/babies, I don't see how it could harm them. Pedophiles are a problem though. But again, if your privacy settings are set for friends only and you really trust your friends, it should be ok. Also, you can set your pics for certain friends only by choosing the "custom" settings for the albums.

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