Don’t Put Your Child’s Safety at Risk: How to Avoid Oversharing on Social Media

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As parents, we all want to share our children’s milestones with the world. We take photos of them at birthday parties, post their first day of school pictures, and share their accomplishments with our friends and family. What we often don’t think about is how these posts can put our children’s security and privacy at risk.

With the rise of social media, it’s become easier than ever for strangers to gain access to our children’s personal information. Social media posts can also be used to target and bully our children, which can lead to serious emotional and psychological damage.

To protect our children’s safety and privacy, it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with sharing too much about them on social media. Here are a few tips on how to avoid oversharing and keep our children’s welfare and cybersecurity intact:

Location Data
Location sharing is okay, but oversharing every step of the way specially your child’s location can be dangerous.

1. Don’t share your child’s location. Avoid tagging your child’s exact whereabouts, including their school and home address, in any posts you share.

Report Card
One of the most commonly shared by parents are report cards, and we should stop doing that as it is data rich and can jeopardize safety of your child.

2. Don’t share personal details. Refrain from sharing your child’s birth date, phone number, or any other identifying information.

Privacy Settings
Always check the platform you are using and make sure to setup your privacy settings properly.

3. Keep an eye on your privacy settings. Always check that your privacy settings are up to date and adjust them if needed.

Pen name
Using pseudonyms or nicknames can be helpful to deter doxing of your child’s information.

4. Consider using a pseudonym. Consider using a pseudonym or nickname for your child when posting about them, as it can help protect their identity.

Child Monitoring
Always check on your child’s activities online, either they are doing their online class, research or any online activity they have just to make sure they access what they should access or share.

5. Monitor your child’s activity. Regularly monitor your child’s activity on social media and be aware of who they are interacting with.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your child’s welfare and privacy remain protected. Don’t put your child’s safety at risk by oversharing online—take the time to thoughtfully consider what you’re sharing and how it could affect your child.

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