DISADVANTAGES OF POSTING YOUR CHILDREN ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Having a child may be the most wonderful things happen in your life. Parents often share their joy through social media by expressing their love and record their life. Social media is also useful for getting advice and feeling less lonely. Therefore, many parents post stories, photos, and videos of their kids on social media because they’re proud of their families and they want to stay connected with relatives and friends.
Naturally, parents take precautionary on protecting their children. However, they are not aware on the digital harm that would cause to their children. There are lots of cons to post your child on social media.
What are the disadvantages of posting your children on social media?
1. Identity Theft
By posting your child on social media, parents will have no control on who has the access to the information or how they will use it. Anything that shared online has the potential to be viewed by anyone and anywhere in the world.
Identity theft is becoming a real threat because of the large volume of information available online. Babies are common targets because their identities can be criminally used for many years before your child reaches an age.
Therefore, never share your children's full name, home address and birthdate. These 3 information is more than enough for identify theft such as taking out loans, opening credit account and applying for government benefits.
2. Baby Role-Playing
Baby role-playing is a kind of identity theft too. However, it could be re-categories because online baby role-player is using the false identity to spread fake awareness or information.
Sometimes the stranger impersonates the child by responding comments from the child's point-of-view. These comment may be disturbing and not healthy. Baby role-playing accounts appear to be created by people who want to be a parent or a child. This is also an example of losing control over your child identity online.
3. Impacting your child's future
As mentioned before, it is not possible to control the information once you've posted online. Anyone can screenshot or record your post and disseminate it in their own ways.
According to professional, the data shared by parents could be revealed by Google search algorithms for at least a year or more. Parents will not know what are the goal of their children when they get older.
Parents have to think about how to impact the life of their child in the future if anything bad happens. For example, how potential employers may react after finding certain sensitive childhood moment of your children on social media?
4. Attract Dangerous People
In the worst case, photos and videos of children shared by their parents on social media sometimes turn up on disturbing websites and forums, such as child pornography.
Other than website and forums, stranger can easily identify where the child live or go to school. Some parents always post information such as location tags and landmarks of their child. This give strangers or aggressors the ability to locate a child or other family members.
Parents should be aware on the content on their posting to prevent this problem.
What are the certain things that parents should not post:
- Pictures of your child in any state of undress. Images like this could make your child a target for predators.
- Identifying details. This includes location information that might give away where you live or where your child attends school.
- Something that may be embarrassing later.
Parents should share their joyful parenthood on a safe platform instead of general social media.
JOYLEE is having a JOYLEE Community group for parents to share their joyfulness of their parenthood and childhood. It is a safe platform for parents to share their experience or ask any questions.
Grow up with JOY.