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Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Sharing Family Photos Online

Sharing family photos online.

It’s a topic that any parent can relate to and one that’s been debated much in the era of social media sharing (recently making a big stir in this article on

Do you post photos of your family online? Chances are you do. We all do in some capacity and social media sites like Facebook make sharing snaps of the kids so easy. But are there risks associated with sharing your family’s photos online?

Photodex president and founder, Paul Schmidt, was interviewed about this topic in this article in the Austin American Statesman.

“It’s just not on enough people’s mind,” he said. “If you went up to 100 people and asked, most would say they haven’t really thought about it. They’re just putting together photos for their family; it doesn’t even occur to them that what they’re doing could be seen by anybody else.”

Paul suggests that if parents are concerned about sharing photos or videos online, to post in private folders or password protected folders that only family members have access to. Also stripping EXIF data from photos before posting them online can remove unwanted geolocation tags that are automatically added to most photos taken with a smart phone or camera. Staying up-to-date on the latest privacy settings on sites like Facebook is also a smart move.

What are your rules of thumb for sharing family photos and videos online? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.


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