Five photos of your children that you should not post on social networks
There is concept called ‘sharenting’ that refers to the tendency to publish and share content about children, photos, videos, on social networks, in a profuse and sometimes uncontrolled way.
Such activity supposes, in the words of cybersecurity experts, a serious risk for minors, related first to the violation of their right to privacy, and secondly with the possible security risk posed by some images that parents should definitely choose not to publish of their children.
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A 2019 study in the UK revealed that 89% of parents publish their children’s content (photos and videos) on social networks, an activity that in some countries is considered abusive (creating a fingerprint of a minor without their consent) that has even been punished with fines.
Microsoft conducted a worldwide survey that revealed that 42% of minors are ashamed of what their parents publish about them on the networks.
Security experts from Kaspersky and Eset have therefore defined what kind of images of your children it is better not to post on social networks due to the security risk, physical and digital, that this means for the children themselves:
- Photos of her face. Ideally, the faces of children, especially the youngest (under 12 years), should not be openly exposed on social networks. That no one can identify them by their appearance or physical features. It is part of your privacy.
- Photos in uniform. Very important. The uniform provides information to third parties on where it is possible to locate the child, the garden, school, institution he attends. A piece of information that can be used very negatively.
- Photos with location context. No image showing the address of the house, identifiable areas of the city or restaurants that are frequented or that allow in any way to know the location of the children. Another very delicate piece of information that it is better not to fall into the wrong hands.
- Photos with little clothing. It is an activity that some parents transgress Olympically, posting photos of their children in swimming pools, underwear and in some cases half-naked. Fortunately, some social networks such as Instagram already detect and block these types of images. It is known that these contents can end up in groups or pages of child abuse.
- Contents that ridicule them. Sometimes a joke, a laugh, a funny moment can be fun to share. But you have to be careful that it can turn into a nightmare and that the girl or boy ends up being viral in a negative way, with teasing or bullying.
At this last point the case of the little sisters in Brazil is famous, famous because one of them blows out the candle on the other’s birthday cake and they end up in a strong fight. Parents shared the video thinking it would be fun, but then it got out of hand and They ended up regretting the bullying and teasing the girls, turned into memes, stickers, etc.
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