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Thursday, April 25 2024
Know Your Child

Think twice before posting your child’s photo online

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If you were born in the 1990s or earlier, you probably remember the one black-and-white snapshot you had that would render hundred distinct memories. The stories behind that one group photo that was taken on the last day of school always bring back the finest memories.

However, today everything is recorded on a smartphone. We have reached the point where we want to share with the world the tiniest details, accomplishments, hustles, struggles, or even humorous moments. Anything normal, strange activities captured, is transmitted from person to person, country to country within a fraction of a second.

In the race of following celebrities on social networking sites, people tend to copy but the consequences will be not appreciable. The photos including scanning, immediately after born, then every small and big occasion including very private photos of the children are accumulated only to be retrieved by anyone later.

Parents should be cautious about how others may react to the information they share about their children on social media as soon as youngsters have the ability to share images. Whether your child cares about old photos and stories about them on social media but others may be able to use that information to make fun of, insult, and even bully your child as he or she grows older. Children once posted are in hunt of likes and comments, if they receive dislikes and mean comments, a sense of body shaming can be developed in them.

When parents post images and videos of their kids on social media, occasionally such images and videos get up on dangerous forums and websites, some of which are devoted to child pornography. It’s simple to overlook the fact that social media posts can also offer tinier cues that can assist individuals in determining where a child resides, plays, and attends school. Posts containing details like location tags and landmarks make it possible for both strangers and well-known aggressors to find a youngster and other family members.

Families trying to resolve custody disputes and flee domestic violence situations should be especially cautious of this.

It makes sense that you would want to post information about your family on social media. If you do decide to share, consider finding out what your kids are okay with it and taking some safety measures. Pay special attention to your social network profiles’ privacy settings. Select your photographs wisely, and watermark any that you intend to share publicly. Request that loved ones hold off on sharing images or videos of your child online. And begin assisting your youngster in determining what information should be shared with others.

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Ramya E.

The author is a counselor and lifeskills trainer who has trained over 2000 students. She holds an M.Sc. in Psychology.

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