There have been more and more cases of children reaching their early teens and requesting that their parents remove all images of them from social media. In an age of increasing awareness about privacy, many parents are finding that sharing images of their children can be a difficult decision. While you want relatives and friends to keep up with your lives (especially if you live far away), you may be sharing images of your child that they wouldn’t choose to share. If this is an issue you’re struggling with, check out these tips on dealing with this.
The Subtle Share
You could always follow in the footsteps of several celebrities and opt to share images of your child in which they can’t actually be identified. This might mean a snap of them staring into the distance, or one in which their face is obscured by a large (and adorable) hat. This way, family and friends still get updates, but you don’t have to worry as much about images of your kid circulating on the web.
Once your child is at an age to understand more about the internet, you could always talk to them about how they feel in terms of your sharing. Most children will now receive education about staying safe online from an early age, so should have a good idea about the potential risks of oversharing online. With this in mind, have a conversation with them and get their opinion. Whatever they say, you need to take it seriously and stick with whatever you agree with them.
Big Events Only
For some kids and teens, having the occasional picture shared isn’t an issue, it’s the almost constant documenting of their lives that bothers them. If you feel strongly that you’d like family and friends to see big events like birthdays and Christmas, then share a select few images just a few times a year to keep in contact. Do remember that emailing or Whatsapping images to close family is more secure than posting on social media, so this is another option if your kid is clear they don’t want their image shared publicly.