Thinking of posting those new photos of your kids on Facebook and other social media? Think again.
There’s a growing number of parents who are very purposefully keeping their children's names, ages and especially their photos off all social media - especially the most popular one, Facebook.
It’s being called “Baby Blackouts” and most parents who have made this decision say that they’re most worried about privacy and safety, especially with very young children.
I know their feelings. When I was a new mom, I suddenly saw danger everywhere. If you’re wrestling with this decision, rest assured, you’re not alone, and you’re not being paranoid. You have great alternatives.
You can send and share photos with friends and family via email or text messages. If you want to mention your child in a post, some parents recommend using nicknames or pseudonyms, and ask friends and family to do the same.
Wasim Ahmad, journalism professor at Stony Brook University and new father, has registered his child’s name as a domain and created a password-protected website for sharing photos of his new son with close friends and family.
A big reason parents are wary, even if they use social media sites themselves, is that the companies "have not been very transparent about the way they collect data about users," says Caroline Knorr, parenting editor at the nonprofit Common Sense Media, which studies children's use of technology. "Facebook's terms of service and privacy [policies] — no one reads it, it's too obscure."
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