Should You Share Pictures Of Your Children Online?

Should You Share Pictures Of Your Children Online?

Privacy is a concern that is being undermined and neglected by individuals thinking it is not a big deal. The reality is harsh and strict steps need to be taken to aware users the dangers of a privacy breach.

Recently, an incident took place with celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow who was taken aback as she found herself in the heat of trouble with her 14-year-old daughter Apple Martin. Her daughter criticized the celebrity who has 5.3m Instagram followers for posting a picture of her on social media without her consent.

The picture is a cute mother-daughter duo on a ski trip wearing ski goggles which had nothing to do with the child’s privacy; but on the surface level, it is an innocent picture that was blown out of proportion.

This is the era of millennials where children of today are smarter than the previous generation. The point of concern is skipped which is alarming and debatable as well that “how much parents should share about their children online?”

The fact that consent was not taken is a privacy breach on many levels and kids nowadays handle their privacy better than their parents. Even multiple states are enforcing schools to adapt to artificial intelligence and pushing data online to create smart lives in the name of child protection.

These institutes capture, store data on children to monitor their progress and experiences without proper consent. That is the reason both parents and teens need to be aware of the online protection steps for kids and teenagers to better understand the privacy, rights and oversharing.

Private Citizens

With the current concerns and the situation of the institutions, parents are collecting and sharing data about their young ones from a very ripe age, and some may say the first picture of a child would be their ultrasound that hits many likes on social media.

When parents are determined and focused on keeping their online data safe with security tools from the government organization and hackers; children are concentrated on a few things as well. They are ambitious to keep their data and posts secluded from family and school.

These children are far smarter in cloaking their identities and limiting communications by using parallel accounts for example “finstagram” (fake Instagram) profiles to separate images meant for private audiences and family.

What GDPR States

With time the law has made amendments when privacy is talked about, and the new EU’s GDPR legislation gives the right to the users for returning consent and control to all the users globally regarding how companies or any other organization can use their personal data, how it’s collected and further re-used.

Does the same privacy policy apply when parents breach privacy? Parents always want to share pictures of their children with family friends on social media. At the same time, children need to be taught about online activities and how privacy is important.

Posting and showing off kids pictures online should not at any cost contribute to a corrupt system where surveillance is high, and privacy is close to zero. Parents need to play a good role here and should not give any chance to anyone closest to them to exploit their data or information.

Prevention Measures

You can always start to fix mistakes one step at a time, and this is a high time one should try to undo what has already been done. Young parents should consider this as a lesson and carefully understand how much they are planning to share on the web.

This will not help you stay off the grid but just agreeing to every agreement with an ‘OK’ is ridiculous and passing the same information further in the family tree is a significant risk as anyone can leak pictures to a greater audience online.

The Children’s Commissioner in the UK has come up with ten tips to help minimize Children’s data footprints which include avoiding posts that are identifiable to your children and their location.

Future of Children Privacy

The future may hold adverse effects on children’s future because the current regime is not focusing on it. However, educating children their right to privacy and consent is essential. So that from an early age they realize the drawbacks of letting someone else use their online data without permission.

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