I am not usually allowed to take photos of Fizz at all, and neither her nor Belle have their faces on my blog very much. My children are entitled to some privacy and they have strong feelings to consider. I am happy to work within these restrictions but it does mean that they seem to be mostly out of sight. Some readers of my blog might be starting to wonder whether my kids exist or not!
This shot I took recently on a snow day is not the best photo but it’s an action shot and it records a family moment. The girls’ faces are not easy to see. I do have some much better ones from the same day. It is nice that I have their permission to share this one.
Photos of Children Online
There’s a lot of concern about sharing photos of children online. I haven’t formed a strong opinion. In fact keep changing my mind about the whole debate. I don’t think it’s morally wrong at all, and I get really angry with people who make those sorts of judgments. There are some nutters around who just are anti-photography and who delight in overreacting. I do know there are a few security risks, more so for families who deal with undesirable characters in their lives or neighbourhood.
Many people have lots of photos of their children on Facebook. If you want to upgrade your security on Facebook there are a few things you can do. These two tips make a big difference and don’t involve deleting loads of stuff.
Facebook Security Tip 1: Use your Restricted List
Firstly you can deal with individuals one by one. Go to your friends list and hover the mouse over the word “friend” as shown below (you need to do this on a pc or mac). If you select “add to another list” you can move that person to “Restricted”. To do the same thing on your phone or tablet, go to that person’s profile and the icon “friends” will be in blue with a tick next to it. Tap on that and select “edit friend list”. You can select “Restricted” from here.
People on your Restricted friends list can only see your public profile, just the same as someone who is not your friend. However you will still see their posts and updates. They will not be notified that you have moved them to the restricted list. Anything you put on your timeline that you make visible to just “friends” will be invisible to your friends on the Restricted list. It’s possible to feel a lot safer on Facebook if you know you’re only posting updates to people you really know and trust.
Facebook Security Tip 2: Limit All Past Posts at Once
Secondly you can change your public profile by restricting the visibility of your past posts. Click on the drop down arrow top right and go to “settings” and then “privacy”. You can then choose “limit past posts”. This changes your past “public” posts to “friends only”. To do the same thing on your phone or tablet, tap the three lines in the top right corner and scroll down until you see “Privacy Shortcuts”. Select that then select “more settings” near the bottom. Select “privacy” then you will see the option for “Limit past posts” here.
Once you have limited your past posts your public profile will not include any of them. That means strangers and your Restricted list can’t see what you have posted to your own page at all.
There are lots of other things you can do to improve your Facebook security but very few people use these two methods and I think they are really useful. Are you going to try them? Please leave a comment to let me know.
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