Parents be warned! 5 reasons not to Facebook your children

IT'S AN unavoidable part of Facebook. Friends filling your newsfeed with photos of their kids - what they ate for breakfast, what they did at school, the way they trashed their bedroom!

Facebook is becoming a haven for parents to showcase every moment of their child's life - from their birth, to their first day at school, to that point when they become too old (or cool) to appear in a family photograph.

But it isn't just your newsfeed that is being harmed! Social media experts believe the practice could be putting children at risk.

Blog site Instant Checkmate warns parents about posting too much information about their children online.

5 Reasons to keep information about your kids far, far away from Facebook

  1. Sex offenders routinely search social media profiles and download pictures of kids.
  2. Predators can use information parents post to figure out the physical location of their kids.
  3. It sets a good example. When your kids are on Facebook themselves, you want them to exercise an appropriate level of discretion level.
  4. The Internet has a permanent, elephant-like memory. Everything you post has a "digital footprint" so even if you decide you want to remove something, it never really gets erased.
  5. Parents often tag photos of their kids using their full names, and even post their kids' exact birthdays. This allows predators to potentially find your kids, make contact, and manipulate them because they already have so much information. Imagine a stranger walking up to your child and saying "Hi Samantha Roberts, I'm a friend of your dad's. You just had a birthday, right?" At the very least, this would be disorienting for a young child.

What do you think of parents that post photos of their children on Facebook?

This poll ended on 22 June 2013.

Current Results

I love it! It's great to get an insight into family life

3%

Haven't got any issue with it, as long as it's not all day, every day

12%

It's up to them what they post

13%

I wouldn't do it.

42%

Please, stop it! Stop it now! You're ruining my newsfeed

10%

I'm worried about the impact on their children

17%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

When Using Facebook, keep your kids safe using the following tips:

  • Never reveal where you live.
  • Don't post about upcoming vacations - This makes you vulnerable to break ins.
  • Never offer up information about your kids' daily routine and habits
  • Don't post anything under a "public" privacy setting
  • Don't post pictures of your kids on Facebook.

>> read the full blog on Instant Checkmate



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