Tip of the Week

How Much Is Too Much When It Comes to Sharing About Your Kids Online?

As you scroll through Facebook, how many pictures of kids do you see? How many of your own have you posted? It seems only natural that we post pictures of our kids for our faraway relatives and friends, and social media makes it easy. But is it too easy?

There are some factors we should think about before we post pictures of our kids online. The first is that we are creating a digital footprint—or an online trail of breadcrumbs—before they can make those decisions for themselves. And we know that tech companies are all about vacuuming up our—and our kids'—data, and shady people sometimes use those photos as their own, so there are privacy implications. Aside from those considerations, as our kids get older, they might not appreciate how we've shared funny anecdotes about them or the videos of their tantrums from when they were 3.

 

A 2010 study (and that’s a long time ago, folks!)  found that 92% of toddlers in the United States had a digital footprint by the age of 2.  We teach our children to think before they post and consider how other people might feel about the pictures they're sharing. So, is it wrong to post about our kids online? Though it might not be that simple, it's definitely worth weighing the pros and cons before you post.