From birthdays and milestones to making memories on an ordinary winter afternoon, parents have many opportunities to share family moments online. But does sharing photos with family and friends on the internet put your family’s security at risk? It doesn’t have to!
We’ll help you find the best way to share photos online privately with these tips!
Popular social networks Facebook and Instagram allow users to hide their photos and posts from anyone not on their friends list. As you’re using these platforms to share memories with loved ones near and far, use the security settings to control who sees them — and comb through your friends list to make sure you actually know everyone in your digital circle. Still not sure about hitting that post button? Check out the group messaging features on either platform to share your photos and videos with just a few close loved ones.
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Did you know there are entire private photo-sharing platforms built with your privacy in mind? Apps like Cluster and 23Snaps make it easy to share your photos with a tight and controlled group of people — so Aunt May gets the video of baby’s first steps, but that Facebook friend you haven’t talked to since 7th grade does not. Both of these photo-sharing websites also make it easy to get pictures off your phone and into your hands with the option to create and print simple family albums!
It may seem obvious to say you shouldn’t share too much of your child’s identifying information online, but the geotagging features on some social media sites make it easy to do just that without a second thought. For example, geotagging photos from your child’s birthday party can immediately reveal your child’s name, birthdate, and location to the general public. If you do decide to share photos publicly, consider skipping the geotags to keep your child safe from those who could otherwise use that identifying information to open unwanted accounts in their name.
It’s tempting to share all the memorable moments you get to enjoy with your little one, even if it’s just to have a record for your own sake down the road! But if you’re posting publicly, consider whether your kids would want those posts popping up when they start to date, apply to colleges, or search for jobs. Sharing happy family memories online is a great way to keep memories accessible for years to come, but try to keep private those shots and stories that seem innocent enough now but could be embarrassing down the road.
Yes, using social media and the internet safely requires some wisdom and intentionality, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on them altogether. After all, your child will soon be using these same platforms on their own. And that’s a good thing! The internet is full of amazing tools for sharing photos, connecting with loved ones, and much more. Prepare your child to use the best of the internet safely by modeling good practices and inviting them into the conversation now. Ask your kids what they’d like you to share (or not) before posting, and discuss how you’re taking steps to protect them as you share those happy memories with loved ones near and far.
With smart practices, a secure connection, and Guardian’s network security, the internet can be a great tool for connecting with loved ones. Contact Kosciusko Connect today to make sure you have the strong, secure, and reliable internet you need to share special memories with those who matter most: 574-269-0327.
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