To post or not to post: social media privacy
If you’re like me, then you would have seen pictures of your friends’ (or even distant acquaintances) pregnant bellies growing week by week or even ‘met’ some children in utero with pictures of first scans popping up in your Facebook news feed. As a new mum myself I can completely understand the excitement and the desire to share your big news/new addition with the world, but it does leave me questioning just how much is too much?
As one of the biggest debates of the digital age today, there are so many different views on what should and shouldn’t be shared online. So putting personal opinions aside, I’ve pulled together some top tips to help you decide whether you should post:
• Set your account to private so you can control who can see the images you post.
• Read the privacy policies of the sites where you are posting the photos’ – once you upload the photo does it become the property of that network?
• Add a watermark to your photos and only post low-resolution files, to prevent people from downloading and using the images for other purposes.
• Don’t post any personal information with the photos, such as full name or location details.
• Make sure you ask permission (especially if it’s not your child) of the people in the photos you are uploading – just because you are happy to post, others may not be.
• Think carefully about the photos you post. Do they have the potential to embarrass your child later in their life?
• Tell your friends and family how you feel, and ask them to respect your privacy when it comes to posting images of your children.
What are your thoughts on posting pics on social media sites?