Children are naturally photogenic. Their smiles light up a room and our hearts almost instantly. It's but natural that you'd want to share those precious moments. And you should. But, not with the world at large. Create a private photo album on Google Plus or Flickr and share that link by e-mail with close friends and family.
- Limit the Audience:
If that is too time-consuming and you are naturally more active on social media, use a filter for your friend circle and share the album only with 'Close friends' or 'Family'. Check the small 'wheel' under photos each time you post something on Facebook and ensure that it is NOT set to 'Public'. For this reason, it makes sense not to share your child's photo as your Facebook profile picture or the cover photo, since those are always set to 'Public' view.
Don't caption photos of your kids on your blog, Twitter or Instagram with titles such as 'Had such a fabulous time at the park that's hardly a five-minute walk from home.' Did you know your phone/ device has something called a GPS locator? And while you may have taken every precaution to switch it off, your data is sometimes collected anonymously. The Web is a dangerous place and you really do not want some creepy stalker landing up at your doorstep or anywhere within a five-mile radius of your home.
- Avoid Specifics:
This seems like a no-brainer, because, who's going to post pictures of their newborns/kids in all their glory? No, what I meant is those moments when you capture the kids in a moment of free play and you don't realise that the pants were riding a bit low, revealing a bit of their derriere or that they were flashing their knickers during a pillow fight. While this may not seem like such a big deal to most people, it is definitely a teaser for pedophiles out there.
- Ensure they are fully clothed:
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