Experts have issued a new warning on the dangers of posting images of your children online, even before they’re born.

Australian data experts say parents should rethink what photos and information they post online about their children. As part of a review, Edith Cowan University experts found that every digital post parents make about their children on social networks contributes to the development of their child’s digital identity.

“A lot of parents are unaware that when they post things like photos or identifying information, such as school uniforms, they are creating a digital identity for their children.

“Even when they post about their pregnancy or anticipating the birth of the child, they give away identifying data. And that creates a digital identity even before the child is born,” Dr Valeska Berg, who conducted the review, said.

And the ways that your child’s digital footprint can be used is disturbing – from identity theft to the distribution of their images to unwanted people.

It’s why Dr Berg is recommending only using private messaging to share children’s images with family and friends.

“A lot of the times people think that if they only share with their friends on social platforms like Facebook, that it is quite safe. However, we often have contacts on those social networks that are only superficially known. Therefore, I would recommend private messaging through Messenger, WhatsApp, Signal and so on. That is a lot safer than public sharing.

“Creating those secure networks is really important whether that is on Instagram or Facebook. Just putting the profile on private, unless you only have a handful of very close people on there, is not enough to keep your child’s privacy protected.”

Data experts say parents should be protecting their children’s digital footprint, by taking precautions with the photos they upload online.

“We found that some parents will use tools to blur out the face, or only take pictures where the child is facing away from the camera. The less information you can put out on your child, the better,” she added.

Dr Berg said kids should also get a say in what is posted about them online.

“Where possible, children should be involved in the development of their digital identity. Research to identify how this can be achieved and to give voice to the experiences of young children is needed to better understand this important and fast-moving area. Future studies should explore the perspectives of children as key stakeholders in the creation of their digital identity.”

We may get commissions for purchases made using links in this post. Learn more.
  • It is so hard to keep private things private. Often people haven’t switched off the public side of the forum and it is especially hard if you have to do this everytime you send something because the platform reverts back to public when leaving it.


  • No one is safe with technology, whether it be a photo or a leak from your bank. Just gotta keep trying to be safe.


  • put a paper bag on you kids head problem solved


  • Privacy is something to be treasured.


  • I really think a touch of paranoia is needed when it comes to posting any photos these days.


  • It’s scary when all you want to do is show off your new-born or what your child has accomplished.


  • It’s a pity we have to be so cautious about what we post on social media


  • This issue continues to evolve as we learn more about the dangers of social media.


  • A lot of things aren’t safe anymore, just look at Apple and all the leaked nude photos of celebrities and that. It’s definitely scary these days, you never know what app or platform you can trust because a lot of things can be hacked at any time.


  • How is an ultrasound identifiable though?
    Yes, posting swimmers/uniform/PJs is wrong and disrespectful, but an untrasound?


  • While i think that you certainly shouldn’t post photos of children naked in the bath, in ‘revealing’ swimwear etc because predators can steal these and share them around online.. (yes, i have some people on my facebook who actually post photos of there young kids in the bath or bikinis etc) I think sharing a photo of an early ultrasound poses no dangers. You don’t know the gender, when it will be born exactly, very likely don’t have a name for it yet. Seems like another thing to disconnect people? I mean they have just pushed (and rushed while everyone was distracted with Easter) through parliament the digital ID bill. I don’t like sharing many photos online of my daughter due to weirdos, but we live in a digital world now.. the less I share of my daughter, the less her family who don’t get to see her often will feel connected with her. Most photos are shared in a private family group chat but it’s only got one side of the family in it.


  • I understand the dangers especially around school uniforms, etc. but I think we’re becoming way too paranoid…


  • I get what you are saying but am sick of this new age rubbish of asking a 2mth old if it’s ok to post a photo its just like the ridiculous statement of asking to change a nappy glad I’m old this world is slowly going mad ????


  • The solution is easy. Don’t put anything online.


  • Simple solution: Just do not post.


Post a comment
Add a photo
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your comment and join MoM:

You May Like


Looks like this may be blocked by your browser or content filtering.

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating