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Can I Stop Family Sharing Pictures Of My Child Online?

Nowadays, social media is a part of pretty much everyone’s life. Families enjoy sharing photos of their outings, parties, achievements, moments of laughter and joy.

But as we get so caught up in this whole online world, we may end up forgetting one very important point: privacy! And in this case, not only our own privacy but the others as well.

So, what to do when photos of your children are being shared on social media without your permission? Our community shared their thoughts on this issue when one of our moms took to our Facebook page to tell us how her son’s photos were being published by relatives against her wishes and without her consent. As she said, “it is a privacy concern and I wish my child not be exposed to people I do not know”.

Here's what our Facebook members thought:

 
“I find it disrespectful that they would even question your decision on such a delicate issue” (Elena, Facebook)
 

When these snaps are of your little ones, other people need to take your privacy into to consideration.

 
“It’s your child and you are well in your right to make a decision about her safety” (Kinga Magdalena, Facebook)
 

But there are times that handling situations like this can be quite tricky, as no one wants to get in a row with relatives. So, what to do? For sure, you don’t want to go down the road of reporting a family member to Facebook or Instagram.

 
“Just tell them that it's very disrespectful on their part and they are not respecting your wishes” (Louise, Facebook)
 

Make it clear for the whole family where you stand on this issue from the very beginning. Letting them know how you feel will ensure everyone is in the same boat.

 
“I don’t allow people to put up pictures of my children on their accounts and I have a great relationship with my family. It’s a matter of respect really." (Gemma, Facebook)
 

In the end, it is your own choice. If you wish to share some – or all! – of your family’s joyful moments, but want to keep it to a small circle, only to family and friends, most of the social media channels have advanced privacy settings to guarantee that your profile is private. Don’t forget to have a look at the fine print and update your account settings.

As always, we would love to hear your opinions. Please leave a comment below.

About the Author

As a graduated journalist with several years of experience, I working as a press officer in the private sector and for different government agencies in Brazil. Over seven years ago, I had a career change and have been working within the childcare sector since then. Currently, I am in the process of completing my qualification in Early Childhood Education, while being a part of the eumom team.

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