It’s a digital age, there’s no denying that. I love my son to the moon and back so it’s only natural that I enjoy sharing photos of him on social media to show friends and family how quickly he’s growing. This is what my life is all about--the love and joys of parenthood, but gone are the days that Facebook is your own personal page to catch up with friends and let them know what you’re up to. Facebook is an endless vortex collecting data about you and everything you post. Not to mention everything you Google. How many times have I Googled a random thought..“how many calories are in a chocolate chip cookie?” and then I immediately get a Facebook advertisement for Nestle Cookies. What?! Facebook, are you reading my mind?! I didn’t even eat a cookie, I just thought of it..
Facebook’s new proposed privacy terms would “make it far easier for the company to use the names, images and personal information of its nearly 1.2 billion users -- including teens -- to endorse products in ads without their consent,” according to the L.A. Times
As of today, the proposal has been delayed due to a resistance from a coalition of privacy groups that asked the Federal Trade Commission to block the changes in the proposal.
More and more of our own privacy along with our kids privacy is at stake, that’s why it’s essential to post with caution. Most kids will have a digital footprint long before they are even born. It’s common for parents to post photos and information about themselves the minute they find out they are pregnant. Your child’s very first introduction to the world starts with that sonogram photo you posted on your Facebook page. Next, comes the first actual photo with the newborns full name, birthday, weight, height & hospital name. From there..first tooth, first haircut, first vacation all go online. It’s an exciting time for parents, especially the first timers, but you should know that from that point on your fetus is fully connected to the world wide web.
Here are some tips for my fellow proud parents on the safety and privacy of your Facebook page:
Go to Account Settings
Privacy Settings and Tools
Who can see your future posts? Switch to Friends
Review all your posts and things you’re tagged in-Use Activity Log. This allows you to review every photo or post a friend tags you in. Maybe a friend was over at your house and posted and tagged the location of your home. You have the ability to allow or deny it.
Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline? Off
Timeline and Tagging Settings
Who can add things to my timeline? Friends
I allow friends to post on my wall but only with my approval. If you want more privacy than that you can obviously switch to YOU for greater lengths of privacy.
Third Party Sites-Facebook does not give third party applications or ad networks the right to use your name or picture in ads. If we allow this in the future, the setting you choose will determine how your information is used. If we allow this in the future, show my information to NO ONE
*Do not tag your location I tend to post photos of places I’ve been to after I’ve left. Posting while you are there is basically a tracking device.
Privacy Tips for Bloggers It’s your blog, your personal experience but use a pseudonym for yourself and your child. Use a region or general area instead of the actual town that you live in. Register your domain name anonymously. This option occurs when you register your domain with a host like Go Daddy. Here are some tips on How to Register Domain Anonymously from the Houston Chronicle.
These are just a few tips, if you have a young child or teen that has their own Facebook account I suggest taking higher precautions. Here are some great Facebook Parents tips from CommonSense Media.