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Posting Pics of Your kid on Facebook? A Few Tips

Cross your heart, how many pictures of your offspring have you shared by the time he/she turned five? In the era of social networks, the average number is 973. Without giving it a second thought, parents often overshare information that cannot be controlled once it is published on social networks.

We at ESET are parents too, so we understand you want to share some pictures or a video of your firstborn (or second, third) with the world. But before you do so, ask yourself: Does everyone out there need to know? Sharing publicly on social networks without the right privacy settings might expose your kids or the whole family to risks you may not have thought of.

First of all, keep in mind that what goes online stays in the cyberspace … forever. And it’s likely you won’t have as much control over it as you would like, especially when the content is re-shared by your friends on social networks. Just think, how many friends are we talking about? A 100, 200 or 500? Consider that without taking proper precautions, people you don’t know will be able to see your posting.

Don’t get this wrong, we are not saying you should stop sharing your happy memories online completely. But before you do, make sure to check the privacy settings every time you post a photo or video of your offspring.

How to do that? Create a special group including only your family, close relatives and closest friends. If possible, disable the re-sharing options outside this group. That way, your posts will only reach the eyes of those intended.

Another word of advice: try not to post anything that might compromise the integrity of your child. For you, the virtual reality is still clearly separate from the offline world, but keep in mind your kids will likely grow up in an environment entirely connected to the internet, the dividing line a blur.

Also, educate your child about the potential risks and lead by example, showing him/her how to handle sensitive information online. Start with your well-managed social networks profile.

And one more thing. Don’t be cautious only with the pictures and videos of your child, but also with other details the post could give away. Surely, you don’t want information such as your kid’s school, his/her extracurricular activities or your home address to end up in the wrong hands.

For a safe online experience, keep track of what your kids do with their devices. ESET Parental Control for Android allows you to limit their online and gaming time, helps you find out what they are up to when in the cyberspace, as well as block websites with inappropriate content. Uniquely, it also gives voice to kids making them able to ask for permission to play or browse longer or visit specific websites.

For more helpful tips on how to keep your little ones safe on the Internet, when playing games or using social networks, check out the Child Protection Guide in our Guides section.

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