It takes just 57 minutes after you’ve birthed your baby before his visage has been uploaded to social media. That’s according to a poll by print site Posteria–and while the average birth-to-Facebook-speed clearly speaks of parents’ excitement to share their joy with loved ones, it also means an increasing risk of accidentally sharing a personal moment and private details with strangers.
Before you hit ‘post’, always remember that you’re about to add to your child’s ‘digital footprint’–all the pictures and information about them that remains on the internet, potentially for the world to see, until they can manage their own online presence. It’s not just an ethical concern; it’s a safety one–here are the 5 cardinal tips to posting baby pictures online responsibly.
Check your privacy settings
Who can see what you post? Only friends? Friends of friends? The whole of Facebook?
Using Facebook’s Privacy Check up, you can manage the audience of different aspects of your profile, as well as what you share.
Select your audience for individual posts
When posting baby pics, you can utilise the Audience Selector tool – the dropdown arrow in the top right of the box where you upload your post, to choose who sees them. This means you can also deselect specific ‘friends’ or followers from viewing the content.
Watch your tags
Tagging may be a quick way to show Great Granny the pic of when she came to visit, but beware; once a photo is tagged, it means Great Granny and aIl her friends can see the special snap, too. To avoid this, select Edit Privacy and then unselect Friends of Tagged from the drop-down list.
Don’t share other parents’ baby posts (without permission)
This should go without asking, but not everyone is aware of how less-than-innocuous online sharing can be. And some parents prefer their children to not have any digital footprint (at least as far as they can control it). The rule is simple; ask before you post–for every picture.
Think a few years ahead
What goes up on Facebook, stays on Facebook. Try be conscious of what could be potentially embarrassing for your child as she grows older. Poopsplosion pics are probably best reserved for the family album.
Check out Facebook’s Parents Portal, for more advice on keeping safe on the platform.