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The Internet security company AVG recently released a survey that showed that an average of 81 percent of children around the globe have an online presence by the time they turn two. In the United States that number is 92 percent. This is based upon a survey of 2200 mothers with children no older than two.

A third of the children had digital dossiers started on them before or at birth. These included photos, stories, videos and sonograms. The average age for children’s “digital birth” was six months.

Seventy percent of mothers uploaded the children’s photos and videos online with the purpose of sharing them with family and friends. Twenty-two percent of mothers uploaded them to add content to their social networking profiles. 

These statistics are not really surprising considering the age we live in. Social networks such as FaceBook and Twitter have long since surpassed email as the means by which people share. It is wonderful to be able to share our treasured digital documents instantly with those close to us. 

If you are one of the multitudes who is posting your children’s pictures online, you may want to consider who all has access to them. Your intended audience may be friends and family, but check your social network privacy settings to see just who can have a look.

We are not saying that everyone or even any of the hundreds of millions of people who are also on the social network will want to take a gander at your baby’s photos now. Your baby, however, might grow up to be someone of interest to the masses.

Just remember that the Internet is forever. Once a photo is posted, it can live on in perpetuity being copied, emailed, or posted elsewhere. 

You might want to consider the sort of photos and videos you are posting because as your children grow up, these may come back to haunt them. That picture of your baby with the explosive diaper might mortify him/her if future classmates/coworkers/employees encounter it online years hence.

Not every picture is a good picture. Most of us adults, I think, have an embarrassing childhood picture or two that we wouldn’t want to share with anyone. I had hidden mine so my parents couldn’t bring them out to show company. No doubt you have plenty of your children that they won’t appreciate.

So on behalf of the children out there whose every move is being documented and uploaded, please consider what should and should not be made public. 

If you must share really embarrassing photos, consider emailing them to the intended recipients rather than posting them on FaceBook or your blog.

And while you are uploading your treasured digital documents, consider uploading them as well onto CollectionMine’s online data backup. That way they are kept safe and sound in a world class data centre. 

 

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