Look at this picture of my child! …Or not?

online privacy, Momio, social media for kids

Picture: KAVI / Mediataikokoulu.fi

Parents often wonder and worry what their kids might be sharing online. Without proper education they might reveal something that shouldn’t be revealed – they’re just kids and therefore might not know all the intricate rules of online behaviour. We, as adults, know better, right?

Well, apparently not. Parents love sharing pictures of their children on social media.

DO YOU ASK YOUR KID’S PERMISSION? YOU SHOULD!

Talking about this topic is like flogging a dead horse – seemingly it’s been talked to death and the resolution is clear. Your kids would like to know and perhaps stop you from sharing something personal about them.

Yet, Facebook, Instagram and other social media are still crawling with adorable/embarrassing (depending on whom you ask) pictures of kids on their potty, with faces smeared with Nutella or just playing with their friends on the playground – all without their kids’ consent. Not only is it invading their privacy, but also helps “create for them a data-rich, enduring and potentially problematic online profile.” It might follow them long after they stop being kids and potentially cause problems.

WHAT DO MOMIOS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT?

During our Better Internet Week campaign on Momio, we asked our users about that issue. They had some interesting things to say; it ranges significantly, but the consensus is that you should ALWAYS ask anyone, even if it’s a child if you can post a photo or video of them on the internet. 

“I really don’t like it, my parents (especially my mum) put up quite a lot of pictures of me when I was younger whenever I did something, I told her to stop but it didn’t help. So she made her account private and put up pictures so just her colleagues at work could see them. <3”

“My parents put up pictures of me on Facebook all the time. They never ask before they do it. I want them to stop doing that but they don’t listen!”

“No one asks me (but I wish they would). My mum once put up a picture of me sitting on the toilet saying: “That’s my girl.” – on Facebook without asking. :<”

“They do and don’t even ask, and I’m like: WHAT IF I’LL POST YOUR PICTURES ON THE INTERNET WITHOUT PERMISSION XDDD”

“My parents always ask for permission when they want to take a photo. I always get to choose if they can put it up or not!”

“Unfortunately, there are others in my family that don’t really think about that some people don’t want to be in pictures. They publish pictures without asking for my permission, sometimes I don’t even know that they take a picture. );”

“Always ask the person that you want to take a photo of if you are allowed to take the picture, or publish it! <3”

Diana
About the author:

Diana Cereniewicz, Momio

Diana Cereniewicz is a Polish Community Manager. She started working for us in June 2015 when Momio was launched in Poland. She has a master’s degree in English literature and language, and dabbles in translation and interpretation as well. She also does diverse online content creation and moderation.