Category Archives: Online Privacy

How Can We Protect Our Family’s Photos Online?


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.  Continue reading

Is it OK to Instagram your kids?


A friend of ours, who happens to be an excellent photographer and have a very photogenic and adorable baby boy, was recently alerted to the fact that someone on Instagram had stolen photos of her son from her IG account and was reposting them, pretending to be his mother. She has now removed every picture of her son from Facebook and Instagram and will be thinking again before sharing her photos more broadly than immediate friends and family

Clearly this is an issue close to our hearts at Lifecake. I am wondering how many other people this has happened to and how you reacted. How do you decide which photos are OK to share more generally and which do you keep to yourselves?