Back to School - Keep Me Safe Online

September 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment


 

Over the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of photographing some "back to school" images for some of my clients.
 

During these sessions I have mentioned to parents that I would edit out the school badge on the best images and send it to them"web ready" so that they could post it to Facebook on the first day of school and share it online with friends and family, should they wish to. I have been AMAZED by the number of parents who have said to me "I didn't even think about removing or obscuring the badge."
 

In a world where we are forced to be increasingly aware of our children's safety online it is concerning that not everyone is aware of the risks involved in something as simple as posting a photo of their child in their school uniform. I don't want people to stop posting these photos altogether - I love seeing them! Instead I have listed some information below to help you adjust your privacy settings, and ensure your child, and their image, is safe and secure online :)
 

Posting a photo of your child in their school uniform or a status about their first day at school is an open advert to anybody with access to your page. It could tell them:
 

Your child's first name. An easy in for strangers! Children will be reassured by a stranger using their name.
 

Their location. Most people have their hometown listed on Facebook. Make sure this is hidden from public view. Or better yet, delete it.
 

Their School. This is the big one. Do you really want strangers knowing exactly where your child is going to be at 8:30 every morning and 3:30 every afternoon? Do you want them knowing exactly what building your son/daughter will be standing outside before and after school while they wait for their friends?

 

While it's an incredibly exciting time for both you and your little ones, it's also a time to consider how secure our social media profiles really are, and to take a few simple but essential precautions in order to keep our children safe.
 

  • DON'T use the name of your town, your child's previous or new schools in your posts.
     
  • If you have the name of your hometown listed in your "about" section on Facebook. Make sure that section is visible to FRIENDS ONLY.
     
  • While you're there, make sure your whole profile privacy is set to "friends only". That way you're in control of who can see your posts.
     
  • Cull your friends list. Virtual strangers you haven't seen or spoken to for 20 years, or only met once at a party? Delete them. Or at the very least restrict their view to your page.
     
  • If you do decide to post a photo of your child in their school uniform, (and why shouldn't you?! I'm sure they look gorgeous!) take the time beforehand to make sure that any school logos/badges are either blurred out/removed/cropped. It really isn't worth the risk.
     


 

For anyone having difficulty concealing a badge or school logo on their child's uniform please feel free to email your photo to me at babybuntings@outlook.com and I would be more than happy to do this for you.
 


 

You can find out more about Facebook and it's privacy controls and settings here: https://www.facebook.com/help/325807937506242/
 


 


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