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It's been said that 97% of mom's on Facebook post pictures of their kids. It is something that is so easy nowadays to just snap a photo with our smart phone and as a proud mom we instantly upload it to Facebook to show our "friends". But the scary thing these days with the internet is that once it's on there you have little control. I have a very protective husband and he has never allowed pictures of my daughter online for various reasons. I used to throw an "adult tantrum" about this because I so badly wanted to share pictures of my precious baby. I now understand his philosophy much more. He tells me "you can't covet what you haven't seen". The purpose of this blog isn't to make all those mom's who have posted pics of their kids feel guilty but to educate them on the risks of sharing pictures one. Did you know that even if your page is private, when one of your friends "likes" a photo it can be found as something they "liked"? Or if you tag others who are also in the picture it will show on their timeline. You probably have no idea who are all friends of friends. School recently started and I saw so many pictures of adorable kids holding signs that said what grade, school and teacher they have this year. Think about all that info that is given out! Even if you think you know all the people on your friends list chances are you don't. Another tip you should know is that if you have your location turned on for photos people can see where it was taken. This is also very dangerous. Make sure if you want your location hidden to turn this off. When posting pictures, make sure there is no personal info in them such as your address if in front of the house, your license plate etc. Next time, before instantly posting a photo think about these few questions:
Is this something that my child would be ok with when he/she is an adult?
What information is it giving out?
Do I want everyone on my friends list to see this?
Do I want this photo available for anyone to save?
Chances are, after thinking this through you may decide to send the picture to certain friends/family rather than posting it.
Think about all the horror stories we hear these days about stalking or kidnapping, it's alarming. With the internet and social media it is so much easier for these predators to find victims. I encourage all moms to "Think before you post" and check your privacy settings. Your child is your first priority!