I’m a social media addict and probably post far too often on my social media accounts. When you have kids though you have to be extra careful on what you share and with who.
We tell our kids not to share personal information online, but do you follow the same rules?
If you’ve read my blog before you might have noticed that I don’t use my daughter’s name or photos where you can see her face. I do share photos of her on Facebook and Instagram but only on my private accounts.
Two stories made me decide to write a little warning to people on how much personal info they share on social media…
1. There’s a lady I follow on Instagram who also lives in Poole. I have never spoken to her before but from her photos I know both her daughter’s names, her & her husband’s names, what school her eldest goes to, and I even know exactly where they live as they happen to have a very distinctive front door that I drive past a lot. I’ve also seen them walking along the road and have recognised her girls.
2. I’ve also spoken to another lady on Instagram recently who also lives in my area. After a quick nose at her photos I realised that her son goes to the same school as my daughter. I now know his name and what class he’s in.
How scary is that? Especially when you just don’t know who’s looking through your profiles.
It’s important to be careful about what you share online, mainly for the safety of your kids but also to prevent fraud. Maybe I sound a bit paranoid but you can’t be too careful, there are a lot of weirdos out there.
If you’re worried here are some tips on how not to share too much info online…
Set your accounts to private
With a few clicks you can make sure your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts are private and only people you know and trust can see your posts and personal information.
Only add people you actually know
It’s tempting to accept follow requests to bump up your follower numbers but it can be dangerous to just allow anyone to view your posts. Stick to family and friends you actually speak to – do you really need to add that girl from first school that you haven’t spoken to since you were 7?
Don’t post personal details about your kids or your house
Be wary of posting information about which school your kids go to, or taking videos that show the number and/or road you live in. It’s so easy for weirdos to track you down.
Don’t tag photos with the location while you’re out
It’s tempting to tell your followers what you’re up to, but if your posts are public and you tag photos of the kids with your current location then it would be really easy for someone to find you. If you also share your kids’ names could a stranger recognise them and start up a conversation?
Don’t answer those Facebook surveys
You know the ones – What’s your mother’s maiden name? Where were you born? What was the name of your first pet? If you fill these out and share on your Facebook page then you’ve basically just given everyone the answers to your secret questions!
Have separate social media accounts for your blog
If you still want to share photos of the kids then it’s handy to have private accounts for family and friends and public accounts for your blog. You can switch between Instagram and Twitter profiles on the app so it’s really easy to manage multiple accounts.
Get creative with photos of your kids
You can still share photos of your little ones without showing their faces. It takes a bit of creativity but you can still take some really nice photos. These are a few of my fave Instagram pics for some inspiration.
Do you share lots of personal information on your social media accounts? Do you worry about who can see it?