Q: Is it OK to post photos of my baby on
A: Facebook can be a great way to share baby
news and milestones with friends and family across the country.
The reality, of course, is that the Internet is a public
place. Photos placed online have the potential to be lifted,
copied, forwarded and altered without your permission. To reduce
the risk of this, tighten privacy settings and consider your
- Review your Facebook friends.
If you've been collecting friends for a while, you may have
hundreds of friends, including old flames, work colleagues and
folks you don't even really know. Consider removing those you don't
know personally. Go to "Friends," click "Edit friends" and click
the small X to the right of a friend's name to remove.
- Update privacy settings.
Set the photo sharing options on your Facebook to friends only.
This will allow only those folks who are your friends to see your
photos. Remember that friends can still copy those photos, print
them and send them in an e-mail. However, your friends' friends and
the general public will not be able to easily see your
- Customize photo album privileges.
Facebook allows you to customize exactly who can see your
photo albums. To customize photo privileges, go to your privacy
settings and choose "Customize settings." In the "Things I share"
category, scroll to the bottom of the section to the link "Edit
album privacy for existing photos." You can then select specific
people you want to allow to view each album you create.
- Stay covered. Baring your
baby's bottom may seem sweet to you, but it might attract unwanted
attention and be exploited in the wrong hands. Think before posting
tub shots and nudie pictures.
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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