Toddlers of Instagram: The risks and perks of kids on social media
Almost everyone has social media these days. Whether it be Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, millions of teens and adults are engaging with some form of social media platform. In fact, our research goes as far as to show that Aussies as young as one have their own profile.
It’s not unusual to see the kids of fashion designers and celebrities sporting an Instagram account, probably better dressed and more stylish than anyone else you’ve ever met and paving the way for a new generation of influencers.
But our recent survey of 2,005 Aussie parents showed that more than 230,000 Aussie children under the age of 13 have their own social media profile.
The majority of parents (66%) are actually hesitant when it comes to posting photos of their kids online and only do so with tighter security restrictions around who can view their photos.
A further one in five concerned parents (20%) don’t allow photos of their children online at all because they believe it’s inappropriate and can be dangerous.
While there are definitely some perks to setting up your kid with their own social media account, such as being able to share images with family and friends, there are also some downfalls. Some followers aren’t interested in the chic outfits and cute captions.
If you do plan on setting up a social media account for your child, always bear in mind that once something is posted on the Internet, it’s there forever. You don’t want to find an image of your child used without your permission in an offensive or dangerous way. Tighten the security restrictions and only share the account with people you trust.
What to consider before posting photos of your child on social media
- Who can see them?
Almost all social media platforms have different levels of security and privacy settings. If you are planning on posting pictures of your children on social media, make sure that your account settings are adjusted so that only friends and people you have approved can view the images.
- Am I sharing too many personal details?
Try to avoid posting images of your children that might share personal details, such as photographs of them in their school uniform or with telltale landmarks in the background. It may seem insignificant, but all of these small details can add up to revealing the area in which you live.
- Are there other ways I can share these photos?
If you only want to share these images with a select group of family and friends, why not avoid publicly posting them completely and instead create a group chat on WhatsApp, or text them to family members individually.
|Do you post photos of your children on social media?|
|Yes, but I’ve tightened my security settings so that only my friends/followers can see.||66%|
|Yes, they have an account on my phone, which I manage on their behalf.||4%|
|Yes, they have their own account on their own smartphone.||2%|
|No, I think it’s a privacy issue/dangerous.||11%|
|No, I don’t think children's photos should be on social media at all.||9%|
|No, I don’t have social media.||8%|