Sunday, January 8, 2012

Why Shouldn’t You Share Your Kids Photo Publicly on the Internet
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  • Alec Couros uploaded some picture of his daughter on Flickr and made them public – maybe because some of his family members and friends are not on Flickr. Later, he recieved a notification that one of the pictures have been favourited by someone. When he checked the profile of that person, he was shocked to discover that the user has also favourited many photos of pre-teens in bath/swim suits.


    Further, Alec blocked the pervert user and reported his account to Flickr, who banned him soon afterwards. But later, Alec faced the same trouble once again.

    I get another email, telling me that more of my daughter’s photos had been favorited. Same story. I check out the user, no photos, but many favorites. It gets worse.

    So what precaution must you take to prevent circumstances such as this?

    The answer is simple. Just don’t make your family photos public on the internet. Though members of your family, who are not registered on the site, may not be able to view them, it is still better than having the perverts of the internet have their privy eyes over your beloved family.

    But in case of Alec, he didn’t want to make his photos private.

    I admit, I live my life (in the) Open. I have been lucky that I have never had to block a person from Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc., before this time. Sure, there has been the odd griefer here and there, but usually, these problems resolve themselves if you deal with them appropriately, or in some cases, ignore them.

    If Alec didn’t make his pictures public, he wouldn’t have dealt this situation. [Via]

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    2 Responses to “Why Shouldn’t You Share Your Kids Photo Publicly on the Internet”

    Alec Couros said...
    January 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    I think you should read the debate in the comments. The issue is not as black-and-white as you make this out to be, and I think it's a disservice to you readers to leave it so.

    There are many reasons to make photos of children available to the public, and the costs/benefits must be weighted. What happened is certainly gross, but it is also the reality of public life. Should we keep children away from public places in fear that someone may be watching? What happens if we do? What do our kids lose out on? What message does it give to our kids?

    Again - there is much to gain the debate found in the comments of this post.

    Abhilash Rejanair said...
    January 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Thank you for your opinion, Alec.

    I would like to point out to you that the general public (I am not talking about the internet) is really a lot different from that of the general public of the internet.

    While in actual public - not all people may be perverts - but on the internet, where dirty stuff is easily available, people just tend to become perverts, especially when it comes to the issue of normal photos or pictures of children.

    I advise you make photos of your children private on the internet, to avoid such obscenities involving them. You can link your Flickr profile and add your twitter followers and your family members as your friends on Flickr, and also be able to protect your kids photos from such perverse acts. And of course, if you use Facebook, then it would be more easy for you to do so. [Here, I would recommend using Flickr for posting images which doesn't involve your family].

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