OPINION: Why I don’t post photos of my son online

APN Australian Regional Media social media editor Alexia Purcell.
APN Australian Regional Media social media editor Alexia Purcell.

 "I DON'T post photos of my son on Facebook."

That line used to get me funny looks. But now family and close friends know the rule.

But what gets me is when we're at the park or the local show and my son is on a ride and some other mother is taking photos or video of her child on the same ride... where does that footage go?

I often feel like making a custom shirt for my son for these occasions that reads: "DO NOT FILM ME" or "DO NOT POST PHOTOS OF ME ON FACEBOOK" but my husband thinks this might make people do it on purpose.

He's probably right.

So why don't I allow photos of my son to be posted on Facebook?

For this very reason:

Australia's new Children's eSafety Commissioner has warned "half of the material found on certain paedophilia websites has been sourced or stolen from parents innocently posting images of their families online".

We all see it. People posting photos of their children playing, sleeping, at the beach, in the bath...

Long before I became APN ARM's Social Media Editor I deleted my Facebook account.

And now, all day every day while I am working I see people posting "innocent" photos of their children on their Facebook page or Instagram feed.

Next time you have a photo of your child you want to share, think about where and how you share it.

Topics:  children comment opinion social media

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