Cautions with Facebook
With the seeming omnipresence of Facebook sharing and the abundance of high-quality mobile phone cameras, it’s easier than ever for parents to choke the Internet with pictures.
Here are five reasons (including a few legal ones) that you may want to keep baby pics off your Facebook account:
- Your baby pictures could be used/viewed as child pornography. In some rare instances, you may actually be accused of producing child pornography: That happened to a Utah couple after a photo lab worker reported pictures of the father kissing his naked baby to police. The charges were eventually dropped, but the couple was still deported following the incident.
- Potential misappropriation for commercial purposes.Pictures of your children online can easily be copied and used for unwanted purposes that you may never know about. Immoral bloggers and website owners may find and use images of your cute baby for their own commercial gain without your permission.
- The Internet rarely forgets.Although many websites, Facebook included, offer users the options of deleting old posts, sometimes it’s too late. Even if you later decide to delete your baby’s pictures from Facebook, other users may have already saved or posted the image. The image may have also been cached or stored elsewhere without your knowledge.
- Your baby pic could turn into a viral meme.A less likely, but no less regrettable, risk is that a particularly cute or funny picture of your child could become a meme — an image that spreads throughout the Internet via user posting. While for Internet aficionados this may be desirable, your child may not appreciate being Internet-famous for a baby photo later in life.
- Overshare overload.Keeping baby pictures off of Facebook may not only be a good choice for you and your child, but it may also spare your friends and colleagues from baby picture overload.