I read an article recently about the human rights risk that parents who share images of their kids on social media presents.
I remember when both my kids were born it was so exciting to share the news on Facebook.
Both me and my wife shared images of their first few weeks and over the following years online.
Since I started this blog I’ve also added their images on here too.
Whilst I know there can be dangers to sharing their images online, I’ve never considered it to be a human rights issue.
When I first shared images on Facebook, over a decade ago, the issue of privacy never occurred to me.
Over the years, security measures online have improved but they’re not infallible.
There’s the scandal of Cambridge Analytica and the data they gleaned from Facebook to name one example.
If you don’t get your privacy settings right, you might be open to the whole world seeing your images.
And that means anyone and everyone being able to see images of your kids on social media.
As privacy is a fundamental human right is it okay for them not to have a say in it?
That’s a question that’s hard to answer.
My take on it is that as a parent it’s up to you to decide.
If you’re sensible about how you share images of your kids on social media then most people will have no issues.
Families are often spread far and wide and social media is one of the easiest ways to keep in touch with everyone.
Choosing specific people who you want to share images with can keep privacy issues to a minimum.
Do I think it’s bad that people all over the world are sharing images of their kids on social media?
As mine have gotten older I’ve included them in the discussion as to whether we’ll share it or not.
My son often asks me to take a photo of him on his skateboard and my daughter loves to show off her latest fashion experiements.
Another issue in terms of sharing images of your kids on social media is copyright.
When you load an image onto a social media site such as Instagram for instance you’re giving them a license to do whatever they want with it.
They could sell it if they wanted to and you could do nothing about.
It’s also not uncommon for people to copy images and claim them for their own.
That would be more than a little creepy if your family photos get stolen and used like that.
I guess if you’re afraid that might happen then the obvious answer is don’t put any images of your family on social media.
What About The Future?
No-one knows what might happen in their kids’ lives in the future.
I know that some employers check social media accounts for prospective employees.
Would they use images of a person growing up against them for a job application?
Most people who share images of their kids on social media aren’t doing it to embarrass their kids.
On the contrary, it’s to show them off to friends and family.
And if my kids ask me to delete their images from social media or my blog in the future, I wouldn’t hesitate to.
I’m a dad blogger by design so my kids do feature on my blog occasionally.
I do limit the amount of images I include of them on the blog however.
Often I’ll show an image of the back of them like on the home page.
It does concern me that people could download the images but I don’t want to be obtrusive about it either.
The copyright symbol is clearly shown in the footer of my blog so anyone who wants to use the images should request permission anyway.
Again if and my kids decide they no longer want me to write about them or any images should be removed I’ll follow their wishes.
What Do You Think About Sharing Images Of Your Kids On Social Media?
Do you think it’s an infringement of their human rights?
Are you worried about privacy or that someone will copy the images?
What about if you share images of your kids on your blog?