Parenting Tips: To Post or Not To Post?

By Brianna Danielson

For parents who loves their child from their every waking moment of their life, there are some that wants to share their child to the world, But there are things you need to think about what you’re posting, so your child won’t feel awkward around people when they become aware of it in the future.



Ask first, post later

If you don’t know how a prent feels about having photos of kids posted on Facebook, Instagram or elsewhere, ask before uploading a photo and before you tag the parents in a photo.

This also goes for close relatives. Actually, it’s not a bad idea to ask everyone you post a photo of if they’re cool with it. It can prevent awkward conversations later.

Limit audiences

Facebook’s privacy settings are complex, but they also offer granular settings that let you pick who can see your updates. A good tip would be is to create a “secret” group and add the members you want.

Another way to limit the audience of each post you share is to click on the right tab under your update, which may currently say “friends” or “public”. Click on “custom” and choose which your Facebook friends you want to share with and which ones you’d like to exclude.

It’s simpler on Instagram, where you can either lock your account or set it to public.

Talk to your kids

Opinions on the age at which parents should talk to the kids about the internet and the social media use may vary. Some parents starts as soon as their child is old enough to use a smartphone. Amy Heinz, who blogs about her kids, often talks to her eight-year-old about posts she writes about him, but says her younger children who are five or three, doesn’t have a concept of what it means exactly. Caroline Knorr, parenting editor at the nonprofit Common Sense Media, waited until her son was 15 before posting a photo of him on Facebook – and asked his permission first.

Go to the old-fashioned route

Some parents opt for emailing or texting photos to one person or to a small group rather than sharing them more widely on social media. Online storage such as Google Drive and Dropbox also let you distribute photos privately, as do photo-sharing sites such as Flickr.

Don’t embarrass them

The photo of your little one with pea soup all over her face, or the one that shows her having an accident on the potty might be funny for you, but think about what she may think of the photo if it’s still online when she grows older.

Today’s generation of parents did not grow up with the reality that their private moments growing up will be documented and often posted on the internet for all eternity.

Before posting anything, take a moment to imagine a conversation about it with your child 10-15 years from now, and don’t act nonchalantly about it.

This write-up was derived from “Tips for parents: To post or not to post?” [Herald Sun]

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