Baby using a cellphone while sitting on a couch.

Babies & Social Media: A New Parent’s Guide to Posting

It has been a dilemma as old as time, or social media time. Should I post that photo or not? Posting a selfie is one thing, but when it comes to posting photos of your children it’s a whole new ball of wax. On one hand, you want to show your entire social network all the cute, funny stuff your little one is doing. On the other hand, you are creating an online presence for your child before they are even old enough to understand what exactly that means.

Here are a few things you should ask yourself before pressing the share button:

Will your child be upset or embarrassed by this photo a few years down the road?

Just imagine if our parents could have posted that awful middle school yearbook photo online – you know, the one they sent to all your family members via snail mail. I mean what were they thinking? You don’t want your child to be embarrassed when the photo resurfaces in a few years when they have a social media account of their own.

Would I want a stranger to see these photos on social media?

When sharing on social media, your image is out there for anyone to see, which means that people you’re not even friends with can see photos of your kids. Make sure you are sharing these photos with caution – that is, no geolocation tag included, no home address visible in the background, and nothing inappropriate or suggestive. Save the bathtub photos for the baby book!

Are you putting likes ahead of the welfare of your child?

When a child throws a tantrum or cries because they hurt themselves, stopping to take a video may seem harmless, but it can have long-lasting behavioral and emotional effects on your child. Before you whip out your smartphone, think twice about why you are taking that picture or video. Are you doing it for the likes or for the memories?

Sharing life’s moments through photos and videos can be a great thing. Who doesn’t like seeing a cute baby on their news feed every once in a while? You just have to make sure that you are putting the safety and well-being of your child first!

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