Technology has made it easier than ever for parents to document and share every cute kid moment on Facebook.
But that doesn't mean every moment should be shared.
I don't have a child, but
I've heard of parents going through a few awkward situations when it
comes to posting photos of children. So I spoke to several parents who
are active on social networks, and there seems to be a few key issues
everyone agrees on.
• Keep the bathtub and potty
training photos to yourself and the grandparents. Naked photos are too
personal to share on Facebook. If you depend on Facebook as the main way
to share photos with family, then use privacy settings to limit access
just to a select few family members.
• Take caution when posting a photo of kids that aren't your own. I've come across a few parents that don't want their children on Facebook at all, so be sure to ask a parent if it's OK to post the pic on Facebook before doing so.
And if you are one of those parents who is
worried about what is shared on Facebook, kindly let your friends and
family know ahead of time to avoid an awkward situation later.
• Out of respect for safety, don't tag a child's full name on Facebook. Some parents told me they never put their own kid's real names online. Some just use an initial when mentioning a child in a status message or in a photo.
• If you make your photos public to people outside of immediate family, avoid revealing where the child goes to school. If the child wears a uniform, be sure to crop out the uniform logo in the picture. It's a good way to keep safe from predators. (It's also a policy that the Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami sends home to parents.)
• Since most teenagers think their parent is embarrassing, a few parents of tweens and teens gave me some advice on how to avoid being annoying online. Some ask their kid if they can post a photo to Facebook before doing so. Others will post regardless, but let their teen do the tagging.
It used to be that mom and dad got out the dusty photo album to show off baby pictures. Now, a whole generation of kids are growing up in an age where the world sees their baby photos before they can talk. So for those that can't wait to show every adorable moment, just ask yourself, ``Would I be embarrassed if this was posted about me?''
As momblogger Karen Ziemkowski posted on her Twitter account, ``your kid is a person, not a pet.'' She keeps in mind that anything she posts will be around when her son grows up.
So that naked photo of your kid covered in poop . . . yeah, not something that should be shared with the world.