‘Sharenting’ (a combination of sharing and parenting) is getting more and more popular. Although it is common among parents to snap pictures of their children and post them on social media, you shouldn’t go about it too lightly. What to you is just a cute or funny picture or a video of your child in an everyday situation may come back to haunt your infant later in childhood. The Internet never forgets and all these quick snaps create an online identity of your young child, before he or she has had the chance to decide if he or she even wanted one or what that identity should be.
1. Keep private moments private. Social media aren’t the right place to create your family photo album.
2. For every picture or video you take consider this: if you would have felt ashamed if your peers had seen such a picture or video of yourself when you were a child or teenager- don’t post it online.
3. If you do want to post a picture of your children, check the privacy settings for your post and limit the number of people that are able to see your post as much as possible.
4. Don’t post pictures that feature other children without their parents’ consent.
5. Involve your children and ask them if they like the picture or video and if they want you to share it online.