Should You Post Photos of Your Kids on Social Media?

These days, most birth announcements take the form of a rather excited Facebook post accompanied by a photo of your beautiful new baby. Most new parents can’t wait to show their new baby off to the world. After all, you have singlehandedly created the most beautiful and amazing person on the planet. It wouldn’t be fair to keep that to yourself now, would it?

Some parents choose to keep their kids out of the social media spotlight, preferring instead to share photographs with only close friends and family. Whether to share images of your child online is just one of the millions of decisions you need to make now you’re a parent. You may find your decision is influenced by how you use social media. If you’re a social media addict, uploading photos is probably second nature. If you’re more reserved online, you may not feel quite as comfortable uploading pics of your newborn.

Keeping Your Photos Safe Online

This is a personal decision and one that can only be made by you and your partner. Sit down and discuss your thoughts on the issue, and remember, there are some steps you can take to keep your photographs safe online:

  • Privacy settings – double check the privacy settings of all of your social media accounts. Make sure that you have it set so that only approved friends can see the images you share. This will make sure you have control over who gets to see the photographs of your new baby.
  • Time for a cull – before sharing photographs of your new baby online, it’s worth taking a few minutes to take a long, hard look at your friends list. Get rid of the people you don’t know or trust. Your friends list should be made up entirely of people you are happy to share the new baby photos with.
  • Team effort – ask your friends and family to support you by applying the same level of scrutiny to their own social media accounts before sharing images of your baby. Or ask them not to share images of your child online altogether.

Alternatives to Social Media

If you and your partner decide that sharing photographs on social media isn’t for you, there are other ways you can share images of your newborn with friends and family. Many online photo storage sites will allow you to create albums that can be shared with friends and family members. All you need to do is email them the link to the album so they can have a gander at your beautiful newborn baby. You can also create and share eCards using our Baby App, or share your Baby Diary with friends and family via email. You could also use a free smartphone messaging service to send photos to friends and family. For those without access to smartphones or internet access, a good old fashioned set of prints delivered straight to the door will be much appreciated.

Will you be sharing photographs of your new baby online? And if so, will you be taking any steps to protect your images?

Written by Fiona (@Fiona_Peacock), mother, writer and lover of all things baby related.

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