Should your babysitter be sharing images of your kids on his or her social media accounts? Many parents rely on young adults to watch their kids, and those caregivers are more likely than not connected to a myriad of social networks. So what happens when your little one has a too-cute-for-words moment that your babysitter then photographs and shares? Fair game? Over-stepping? It’s the subject of some very nuanced debate, with some weighing in for a contract between parent and caregiver outlining an agreement of what is acceptable social-media sharing behavior.
It’s yet another dimension to the ever-unfolding issue of sharing your kids’ images online: Whether you post pics of the kids on your Facebook page or only email the photos to a select group of relatives, it’s become yet another hot-button parenting topic. On average, kids now have 1,000 images of themselves posted online before their fifth birthday. It’s a mind-boggling statistic that brings up a host of other questions around kids’ digital footprints and online security before they’re even old enough to have social media accounts themselves.
And what about that 13-year age cut off for Facebook and the like? A recent survey reveals that in the UK, more than 75% of kids between 10 and 12 have their own social media accounts.