What can parents do to keep their children safe online?

Have you ever heard of the digital footprint? Have you ever wondered what children feel when they realise that the information about them on the internet is not only the result of their online activities but it is also what their parents have shared about them since they was born? Did you know that the more posts about children on the net, the greater the risk of that they will be bullied later? Learn about the potential dangers of posting.

“Are we removing the kids from the photos? This is really an exaggeration! Anyone can photograph a child on the street, why is that different? ” “My child is the meaning of my life, shouldn’t I post about her? What could be wrong with it if I just share nice pictures of her? I take great care not to post questionable pictures, there should be no problem.” “Are you out of your mind to wipe the kids off the internet? Everyone posts about their children, do you think they all want something bad to happen?” Do these sentences sound familiar?

You may have read many articles about why it can be dangerous for children if their parents or other adults share too many pictures and information about them online. We may find that this is a divisive topic, so it is important to talk about it even more. Kindergarten girls in leotards, little boys on the beach, pictures of children sleeping/wearing pyjamas, swimsuits/having a bath… If someone else asked us for such photos of our children, it would be outrageous, but many times we share them willingly. Strange, right?

We have gathered the 10 most important reasons why it is important for parents to consider carefully whether to post about their children:

When it comes to the online safety of children, one of the key concepts is the digital footprint. In the video below, we show you what this means exactly:

If you have been posting about your child regularly so far, you can easily feel it is hard to change your previous habits. It can help to think about the following every time you put something about your child on the internet:

The online safety of children is the responsibility of their parents. We have little information about digital parenting, but just like parenting, online parenting can be learned.

This is the translation of this Hungarian article on Yelon.hu.

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