How can I start a conversation with my child about sharing their photos online?
Whenever you want to take your child’s photo, we suggest that you explain why you’d like to take a photo, and then ask them whether it’s ok for you to do so. Something like: ’You look so fantastic in your new school uniform. I’d really like to take a photo so we can remember this moment. Is that ok?’
The next step is to talk to your child about how, why and with whom you’d like to share the image—and ask them if that’s ok. For example, ‘I’d really like to share this image with Granny and Grandpa because they are so excited that you are starting school today. Is it ok if I post it online for them to see?’
Wherever possible, involve your child in the process of sharing their image online. Get them to help you choose which image/s to share. Ask who they would like to share it with. Use this process as an opportunity to talk about who it is appropriate to share with and why.
If your child does refuse you permission to share their pictures, you can voice your disappointment (explaining why) but respect their decision because this is about modelling appropriate behaviour for your kids.