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5 PICTURES OF KIDS YOU SHOULD AVOID POSTING ONLINE

Sundeepa Shah, mother of four-year-old Raghav, was in rude shock when the principal of her son’s playschool called her to say that one of her friends had visited the premises and offered to drop her son home. She says, “Only , I didn’t recognise the `friend’. We had connected on social media, but had never met. She knew every detail of my son, where we live and what his routine is like. Thankfully , the teachers insisted on getting my permission before allowing my son to leave with the woman. Since then, I’ve stopped sharing every detail of my son’s life online.“Many experts warn parents against posting pictures of kids and detailing their routine on social media, not only because it could make them vulnerable to strangers, but also because they can potentially affect their psychology . Dr Mohan Sundar, a child counsellor, says, “Certain pictures, status updates and information on kids that parents share online can have an adverse effect on their kid’s psyche. For instance, posting a picture of your kid in the bathtub or revealing hisher nickname online can often embarrass himher and make himher an easy target for school bullies.“

Here are five imagesposts related to children that parents must avoid sharing online, however tempting it might be…

NUDE PICS

It’s a given that kids look extremely adorable when they are in the bathtub, playing with water ducks, or lying in their cradle. But, keep those lovely pictures to yourself, because you don’t want to risk these getting into the wrong hands. While social media filters pictures and also have nudity clause, it’s better to censor them yourselves.

SNAPS OF THEM WITH THEIR FRIENDS

It’s one thing to post pics of your kids. But, making hisher friends vulnerable to prying eyes of the world by sharing group pictures is something that every parent must avoid.“You can’t decide for other parents that it’s okay to put up their kids’ pictures. In case you want to share a picture of your tiny tot with hisher friends, then make sure you have other parents’ permission,“ says Purva Kumar, mother of a 10-year-old.

EMBARRASSING PICTURES

Abstain from posting pictures of your child on the potty, or other such shaming pictures. Adds Dr Mohan, “Such acts by parents can have a long-term effect on kids. The child may stop trusting hisher parents, and can sometimes lead to depression and anxiety effects on kids in the short and long term. Not only does shaming violate trust between parents and children, it may cause post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety later in life.“

IMAGES WITH PERSONAL DETAILS

Avoid sharing photos that give out details like full name, home address, school locations etc.“Never put up pictures of them in uniforms with identity cards, or standing in front of home with street name and house number visible. Also avoid posting minute-by-minute updates of what your kid is up to. That’s unless you want random strangers using this information to stalk your child,“ says Sundeepa.

PICS YOUR KIDS DON’T WANT TO BE MADE PUBLIC

Before you hit the `publish’ button, check with your child if heshe is okay with sharing the image online. Dr Mohan advises, “Your son might not want anyone else to see the picture in which he is wearing his sister’s kurta. Your daughter might not want that image where her face is covered in multani mitti to be put up online. So, make it a point to ask them if they are comfortable with you posting their images online. This way , you can avoid hurting them and making them feel embarrassed or a soft target for bullies.“

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