Good Digital Parenting
Blog | Dec. 15, 2014

Snap and Share with Care This Holiday Season

Founder, Parents' Universal Resource Experts, Inc

It's a festive time of year and no matter what mood you are in, chances are you will be able to open up your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and find pictures of families celebrating their holiday activities.

Years ago we used to have to wait to have our film developed in order to share our holiday photos, and of course the Polaroid camera quickly came into play so we could instantly have a picture within 60 seconds!

Today our pictures are shared within seconds – or as quickly as your cyber-connection will upload it.  

If you pause for a moment, go back one-step in time to the Polaroid-era and take a minute to consider the picture as well as to review your privacy settings – in reality, it only takes 60 seconds or less, and could cost you a lifetime of regret.

  • Is it a respectful picture?
  • Are there other people in the picture?  
  • Did you ask their permission to post their picture?
  • Is there anything over-exposed in this picture that you may regret later?
  • If you are tagging people, did you ask their permission?
  • Do you have your location turned off?
  • Limit who sees your children. Creating selective lists on your social media sites, such as Facebook, can help you share your photos with only those on your lists. For holiday time, having a family list would be recommended.

Keep in mind, privacy settings are there for a reason. Tis' the season for many things, and unfortunately not everyone has the best intentions with a child's picture. Sharenting is a word you see often that relates to parents over-sharing their children's everyday lives on social media – and with the holidays here, news feeds can fill up quickly. All year round, privacy should be your priority when it comes to your family.

I challenge each parent this season to pause and think before publishing personal pictures. Sharing is caring but giving your kids the privacy they deserve is considered respect. Keep in mind with sharenting, when your child grows up, they inherit a digital history they didn't ask for. We want our children to respect each other and respect us – let's be the role model for them.

If your children watch you asking permission to publish pictures of others, there’s a greater likelihood they will start doing the same thing with their friends. You are modeling good cyber-social-behavior. You also should discuss with them how you are posting with your privacy settings, since personal pictures are not meant for the world to see.  

So, remember to snap and share with care this holiday season. Post to your selective friends and family. After-all, they are truly the ones that will appreciate them most.

Cover image courtesy of Flickr.