At Lifecake we’re very aware of parents concerns when it comes to sharing pictures of our children online. Once we upload our images to social networks such as Facebook we lose an element of control over how these pictures are viewed and how they’re distributed, even if we take safety precautions such as making our account ‘friends only’.
Recent research by Pew has shown that half of all adult Facebook users have more than 200 people in their network, and 15% have more than 500 friends. That’s a lot of people who can see your photos, but think about all their friends who could see your photos when they are liked or shared, unless you have set tight privacy controls The study also found that 57% of parents with children under 18 said they ‘strongly disliked’ when others posted photographs of their children without their permission.
Increasingly parents are choosing not to post photographs of their children on Facebook and are even closing down their Facebook accounts to prevent their private information becoming public.
Bloggers are concerned too, and are taking extra precautions when it comes to guarding against theft of their pictures. Katie from Mummy Daddy and Me Makes Three wrote about this recently, telling a chilling story of discovering a Facebook profile full of her children’s pictures. Someone had been saving her photographs over a period of months and used them to participate in Facebook groups masquerading as their mother. A terrifying situation for any parent.
So how can we guard against such breaches of our privacy online? How can we guarantee photographs of your family remain viewed by only those they are intended for?
These are among the questions which drove us to create Lifecake. We developed a service which gives parents full control over who sees what. Lifecake parents don’t have to worry about privacy settings and friend circles. All photos are safe and can be downloaded and removed at any time – in exactly the state they were added. If you are interested in a new way to safely share your pictures online, take a look at Lifecake.
Here are four more ways you can start protecting your images online:
- Watermark your images: using your name or a web adress on your images will deter others using them elsewhere online. This can easily be done using online tools such as PicMarkr or Umark.
- Keep your Social Networks as private as possible. In Facebook you can make any public posts private (go to ‘Privacy Shortcuts – > View As’ to see what the public see on your profile), on and on Twitter and Instagram you can make your profiles private.
- Avoid posting photographs with identifiable elements such as school uniforms, landmarks or addresses.
- Ask family members and friends to follow similar precautions when posting photographs or discussing your family online.
How do you decide whether to share photos on Facebook or not?