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Why Some Photos of Your Kid Shouldn’t Be Shared On Social Media?

by | December 3, 2018

Not everything deserves to be on social media, both for your safety as well as the security of your adorable kid. While it is fun to share photos of your kid on Facebook, have you ever though what the repercussions might be?

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Do not share these photos of your kid on Facebook

We live in a social media crazy world. Right from what we eat to the vacation we just took, everything is put up for display on social media. And there is nothing wrong doing it. It’s an individual’s decision to decide on the extent up to which they want to share their life with the world. But as soon as there is a baby in the picture, things change in more ways than imaginable. It is natural to swoon, adore and simply love your kid; click their photographs consistently, but before posting them on social media give a thought to what risks you might expose make them to!

Some moments are best kept private or you might unintentionally expose them to risks, such as embarrassment or increase their vulnerability to potential attacks by child predators. 

Here are some of the photos of your kid, you shouldn’t be sharing on Facebook. 

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Sensitive Details

Never share photos your kid that contain sensitive details about them that could put them at risk. Do not share the entire details of your baby’s daily schedule, the school or pre nursery class they go to, their baby sitter’s details, or the details of class picnic your kid is going on. You never know who might use this information for purposes you never intended on.

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Your Kid’s Photograph in Sexualized Clothing


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I might get brickbats for this one, but just for once consider all the recent happenings around. Young children have been sexually abused and whether we like it or not, there are predators around. Apart from exposing the kid to potential perverts, making them wear highly sexualized clothing and asking them to act certain ways and pose for photographs is actually killing their innocence. They deserve a childhood filled with memories of making sand castles on the beach, not the one having to wear a bikini and pose for photographs that the mom can share on internet. One of the most disturbing trends recently!

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In a report released by American Psychological Association (APA), Eileen L. Zurbriggen (PhD) shares some valuable insights. The report clearly indicates that sexualizing young innocent girls might cause several negative impacts on the young kid’s mind. This results in self image issues and eating disorders later on in life, hamper healthy sexual growth and cognitive functioning. 

Photos of Your Kid Bathing

Sadly child pornography is a real thing and there are people out there making money out of it. While we can try to physically protect our kids, we cannot control social media. Never share photos of your kid bathing or any other that exposes their private parts. To you, such photographs might be cute, but for a predator these are fodder. You might think, there’s no harm posting an adorably cute bathing photo of your kid, with privacy settings set to only friends. But can you personally guarantee every person on your friend-list has the best interest, for your kids, in their heart?

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Photos of Your Kid Doing His Business

Please think deeply about the consequences of what you post over social media. Online photographs last forever. Honestly ask yourself, would you appreciate having to look at your photograph of doing number 2 as a kid?

Photos of Your Kid Meant to Shame Them

It might look like a lot of fun to post funny pictures of your kid over the internet. Or you might want to jump on the bandwagon of online child shaming and use it as a tool to discipline them. But think of consequences for a moment. Such photographs are fodder for bullying and can be used by your child’s peer or a class bully, to get back at them, in some silly kid’s fight. Bullying is stressful and can result in anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder. Be wise!

Kid are lovely. Let’s adore their innocence and irresistible charm in a more safe way. Post your kid’s photos wisely!

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Mayuri Rajvanshi

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