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Sharing photos of your children on social networks has become commonplace, but is this a reason to continue? In a guide published by BDM, the CNIL details the dangers of this practice , and above all the mistakes to absolutely avoid. First of all, the authority reminds that behind its innocent appearance, the public sharing of images of children is dangerous. For them, as for the parents.
First of all, explains the CNIL, sharing videos and photos of minor children on social networks can allow misappropriation by malicious people. They can use them to create fake profiles and use certain images for “child pornography” purposes. But this danger is far from being the only one. For example, the context of the image, and the times of publication can reveal dangerous information about the places frequented by children.
Why we must stop to share photos and videos of your children
Enough to expose them to increased risk from malicious people. In the longer term, fears the CNIL, these images can expose your children to risks around digital identity by depriving them of their ability to define their own image and their own identity. ;, by damaging their online reputation”, or more simply having a “negative impact in a school setting or for their personal and professional future” – with the line of sight, including harassment.
For a small moment of parental pride, these risks in themselves seem sufficient to restrict oneself from any public sharing. From there, the CNIL issues 5 recommendations. The first – undoubtedly the most important – is to no longer share these images on social networks, and to opt instead for direct sharing, via messaging or email to trusted loved ones. While specifying if necessary that you prohibit them from re-sharing them subsequently (or by using the self-destruction of this content as allowed by applications like WhatsApp).
Next, any publication must be conditional on the agreement of your partner but also that of your child(ren). The CNIL recalls the existence of case law on the issue with the risk of prosecution for parents. It is also advisable not to publish photos that are too intimate, such as nude photos or photos “in a swimsuit” and hide faces with emoji for example. If images are already on your social profiles, keep them private as much as possible and limit your audience to only those close to you.
Finally, the CNIL recommends that you “frequently sort through your subscribers and publications” so as to exclude anyone you don't know. As well as deleting or no longer making public photos of your child that are too old.
- The CNIL warns about sharing photos and videos of children on social networks.
- The authority details the risks of this type of sharing in a guide.
- The CNIL also gives five tips to parents for sharing this type of content.
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