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Facebook Privacy: First Day Back To School photos


Is it ok to post “First Day Back to School photos” on Facebook? Who will see them? Is it safe – or just “normal”? 

This morning School Kids across Australia are whining and whinging and generally getting antsy. Lunches made, new books packed in new school bags, iPads for those Santa thought were “nice”, crappy laptops for those he didn’t, First Day Back At School photos to be taken and posted on Facebook… Three lads in school uniform

Hold on a minute. Do you really want your little darling’s face & body, with the school they go to, and a handy take-out guide of what they look like dawdling on their way home from school posted up on a public site? Did you share it only with the “Family” list on Facebook? Or was it Public? Do/Don’t care? Global Village vs CyberPrivacy? You tell me.

I’m just glad your brats aren’t under my feet at the mall anymore. I’m going shopping. Heh.

The photo is from the 1930’s. No Facebook then. No decent socks either…

Things to consider: risk assessment (low risk, high risk), the invisible audience (who is watching, how do you know), are you taking privacy away as a choice for kids when they get older (their life is already online cos mum put up there), perhaps there’s a safety pointer too – everyone will know what your kids look like, and the “global neighbourhood village” will come into play, as a crowdsourced “Net Curtain Flicking”. LOL. You tell me.

Remember: if you don’t post photos of your kids, the idiot next door at the birthday party will. And tag them on facebook with what school they go to, and what sports they play.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

18 thoughts on “Facebook Privacy: First Day Back To School photos

  1. This is a nicely written article. I’ll never allow my neighbor to post photos of my kid before I do.
    I love the 1930’s photograph.

    Thanks for sharing.

    -John

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