Back to School: September Snapshots

September Snapshots - tips for how to be safe when sharing back to school photos on social media

We would like to thank our friends Stacy Maynard & Kerry Hills at Socially Safe for this timely and wise back to school reminder. We all love sharing adorable back to school pics of our kids on their first day, but are we being mindful enough? 


 

September Snapshots

 

Memories are about to be made, routines are starting, both kids and parents alike are excited and nervous all at the same time.  It’s a moment as parents we want to remember and cherish.  We went and pick out new outfits, new backpacks and lunch bags and now the morning has arrived….The First Day of School!

Time to capture that moment just before they head out the door to start the new school year.  The cameras have new batteries, phones are charged and the kids are outside the front door waiting for us to capture that perfect first day of school picture.  

We all do it, our parents did it, and now we are doing it too.  What is different however, from when we were kids to now is the role of social media.  We are all guilty, we are all so excited and proud of our kids that we want to share these moments with our friends and family so the first thing we do once we get home from walking them to school is open up (usually Facebook) and start sharing the pictures with our friends online.  But this year what we want you to do, and it is one of the things that we tell the kids….stop and ‘THINK’.  Take a minute before you hit post and really look at the pictures and what you saying along with the digital footprint you are creating for your child.  It’s not just about the cute picture of your child heading out the door to open a new door, it’s what’s behind them in the pictures that we sometimes don’t even think about or consider before we upload them to social media.

So this year, before you post those first day of school pictures stop and ask yourself the following questions.  Consider what personal information about your child you are putting online before you share your pictures.

  • Do you want your child’s face online?
  • Did you mention their name
  • Did you say what grade they are going into?
  • Did you say what school they attend?
  • Are they wearing a school uniform that you can clearly see the school name or logo on?
  • Did you look at the background of your picture is your house address showing?
  • If you took the picture with your cell phone is your location setting turned off?  Or have you just made it really easy to find exactly where you live? (Remember when our location settings are turned on and we post to social media a map in embedded into the photo.)
  • Does your child want that picture of themselves online?

We hope everyone has a wonderful last few days of summer holidays and as always we want you to be #SociallySafe.

 

About Socially Safe

Stacy Maynard & Kerry Hills are moms with successful social media businesses. We have a passion for helping children understand how to use social media safely. We have joined together to implement into classrooms and the community our Socially Safe, Socially Fun, Social Media programs. We are Moms of kids between the ages of 8 to 17, so we understand the need to help our kids stay safe and create a positive digital footprint. Social Media is not going away and we are passionate about teaching our kids how to use it, have fun and stay Socially Safe.

Website  https://sociallysafe.mykajabi.com/blog Be sure to sign up when you visit the Socially Safe website to get access to free videos with more great tips for being socially safe!

 

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September Snapshots: Tips on being safe when sharing back to school photos on social media

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!