Is this photo of your child?


In the UK, the owner of a nursery took a photo on her mobile phone and sent it directly to a parent. As a result, according to the Daily Mail UK,  the nursery was stripped of its ‘outstanding’ rating because “inspectors  found the provider was not monitoring the use of the personal mobile phones of staff effectively and lacked understanding of the risks this presented to children”.

Do You Know Who Owns Online Images?

Research conducted in the UK as part of an online safety campaign found that more than 1/3 parents surveyed were unaware of the ownership of images that are shared on social media. They also found that parents will share up to 1,000 images of children online before they reach the age of 5.

Of course you want to share memories and photos of your children with friends and family as they grow. But are you ‘playing safe’ with those photos in the ever changing world of social media? Are you aware of the risks of posting photos and have you considered the consequences of sharing images?

As a leading provider of online portfolios in early childhood, Educa guarantees privacy. All Educa data is extremely secure, as it is completely hosted on secure servers and meets all Privacy Act requirements. We also use a secure encrypted connection to protect the transmission of information over the internet.

The only people who can see photos on Educa are people who have been added to a site. So there is full control over who has access. We require any Parents who will have access to Child Information to register a separate account with us and agree to our Terms and Conditions.  Some of our services also get parents to sign a consent form before they’re invited to ensure they agree on the terms of use for the portfolios and images.

However, if you ARE posting images online – it’s worth following the advice of the Australian Office of the Children’s esafety Commisioner.

Their site addresses common questions and they encourage you to

Think before you post

Once posted online any photo or video can be shared, copied and/or manipulated. You may not be able to control how a photo or video is used by others.

Think about:

* Who might be able to see these photos?

* Is there anyone else in this photo? (Be mindful that some people may not want their image to be published)

* Will this photo offend anyone?



Of course any post about online photos can’t ignore the photosharing site that has more than 50 million users. Facebook. Most of us use it. Even my mother has an ‘alias profile’ I set up for her so she can see photos of her children overseas. You want to share photos with family and friends. Facebook is great for that.

As long as you remain in control of who sees what.

It’s important to not only control Facebook privacy settings but you should also remain aware of changes. Facebook changes the privacy goalposts on a regular basis and you need to monitor your settings. Check who sees your timeline images – is it friends/friends of friends or public? Stay informed. For instance did you know that “if you share a high-resolution photo or album with someone, that person will be able to download those photos”?

How do I edit the privacy settings for my photo albums on Facebook?

If you need to edit the privacy settings for photo albums you’ve posted, do the following:

  1. Go to your profile and click Photos.
  2. Click Albums.
  3. Use the audience selector tool under each album to control who can see your album.

A few key points:

  • Your current cover photo and profile picture are always public, but you can change the privacy setting individually for each of the other photos in your Cover Photos and Profile Pictures albums.
  • If there’s a photo of you in an album that someone else posted, only the person who posted it can change the album privacy. If you don’t like the photo, you can remove a tag or ask them to take it down.
  • Unlike other photo albums you create, you can choose an audience for individual photos in your Timeline Photos and Mobile Uploads albums. Each time you post a new photo, you choose who sees that photo using the audience selector.

Photos are precious memories – and in this digital age, we print less and share more. But it is worth ensuring that your memories aren’t shared with the world.  Think about the photos that exist of you as a child. Then ask yourself – do you really want anyone online to be able to access them?

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