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12.07.2023

Saveta Dubak Tomović

Why It’s Important to Not Show Children’s Faces on Social Media to Keep Them Safe

In today’s digital age, social media platforms have become a ubiquitous part of our lives. As parents, it’s natural to want to share the joys and milestones of our children with friends and family. However, there are compelling reasons to consider the potential risks associated with displaying children’s faces on social media. This blog post aims to highlight the importance of safeguarding our children’s privacy by abstaining from sharing identifiable images and explores alternative ways to share moments while respecting their privacy.

Preserving Privacy and Safety: One of the primary concerns of exposing children’s faces on social media is the potential violation of their privacy. By sharing identifiable images, we expose our children to a wide audience, including strangers who may misuse or exploit their images. Online platforms are not entirely secure, and once images are shared, we lose control over their dissemination and usage.

Consent and Autonomy: Children should have the right to control their own digital presence as they grow older. By posting pictures of their faces without their consent, we may inadvertently undermine their autonomy. Respecting their privacy early on fosters a culture of consent and empowers them to make decisions about their digital footprint in the future.

Cybersecurity and Identity Theft: Sharing personal images of children can make them more susceptible to identity theft and fraud. Malicious individuals could collect and manipulate these images, potentially leading to impersonation or unauthorized use of their identities. Protecting our children’s faces on social media is a crucial step in mitigating these risks.

Avoiding Online Exploitation: Unfortunately, the internet is not always a safe space. Displaying children’s faces on social media makes them more vulnerable to potential online predators or stalkers. By abstaining from sharing identifiable images, we minimize the risk of our children becoming targets of unwanted attention or exploitation.

Alternative Ways to Share: Fortunately, there are alternative methods to share moments of our children’s lives without revealing their faces entirely.
For instance:
a. Perspective Shots: Capture images from the back or side, showcasing the environment or activity rather than the child’s face.
b. Partial Shots: Focus on particular body parts, such as hands, feet, or a tousled head of hair, to preserve anonymity.
c. Blurring or Pixelation: Apply digital techniques to blur or pixelate facial features while still capturing the essence of the moment.
d. Artistic Representations: Utilize illustrations, drawings, or animations to depict children’s experiences without disclosing their identities.

Ownership and Usage of Images: Even if your social media profile is set to private, it’s essential to understand that the images you share on platforms like Instagram do not remain solely under your control. Instagram’s terms of service outline that once you post content on their platform, you grant them a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, distribute, and display that content.This means that Instagram retains certain rights over the images you upload, and they can utilize them for purposes such as marketing, promotion, or advertising. While this may not directly impact your child’s privacy, it highlights the broader implications of sharing personal content on social media platforms.

Long-Term Implications: It’s important to consider the potential long-term implications of sharing your children’s faces online, even within a private account. As your children grow older, they may want to have control over their online presence and the images associated with them. By posting their pictures, even within a private setting, you limit their ability to shape their digital identities and control how they are represented online.

 


Protecting the privacy and security of our children in the digital world requires us to be mindful not only of the immediate risks but also of the long-term consequences. Even with privacy settings in place, understanding the ownership and usage policies of social media platforms like Instagram is crucial. By refraining from sharing our children’s faces and considering alternative ways to share precious moments, we can help ensure their privacy, autonomy, and control over their digital lives both now and in the future.

Let’s create a secure and respectful digital environment for our children, one where they can navigate their own digital lives when they are ready to do so.


*Kindly be informed that the Charity of Balkan Children will only distribute licensed and purchased pictures of children. We ensure that pictures of children involved in our projects remain hidden, just as we have done with our previous project here.

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