Proudly posting an innocent picture of your child on social media: It should be possible. Unfortunately, images of children can easily end up in the child pornography network, the Office of Internet Child Abuse Experts (EOKM) knows. Even if only your child’s face is visible. Plus, you’re denying your child the opportunity to choose whether or not they want to be put online, according to these experts.
“Criminals can use any image of your child to distribute in a child pornography network, whether original or photoshopped. Images on social media also come into the hands of Facebook and Google, which use all sorts of algorithms, such as facial recognition. If you post a picture of your child You have to realize that you have permanently lost control of that image,” says Arda Gerkens. She is the director of the Online Child Abuse Experts Office (EOKM).
Of course you want to show it to the world if your daughter can do splits. “But from my point of view, this is not very useful. Just like beach photos in swimsuits. Children’s faces can easily be cut out and turned into porn,” says Jerkins.
Nine times out of ten nothing happens.
Justin Bardoin, founder of Bureau Jeugd en Media, thinks the same. “Not only are beach photos unsafe, photos that radiate a child’s cuteness are often sought-after material for criminals. Nine times out of ten nothing is likely to happen to the photo, but what can help is that your child is not photographed from the front, but not recognizable From the back or side, not from the whole body.
We can see these kinds of photoshopped photos, but we don’t know who the kids are
According to Jerkins, whether photos of your child have been used for this type of purpose is something that you will have a hard time finding out. “We can see these types of photoshopped photos, but we don’t know who the kids are. We know very little about how criminals look for photos of kids to use in other contexts. But the photos are often taken directly from social media accounts.” , so always set your profile settings to privacy Everything on your phone is also often uploaded to the cloud, so protect it with two-step authentication, for example.
There will come a day when your child will want their own account on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or other social media. and then? This is how you raise your child digitally, according to Ouders van Nu.
Decide for your child
Pardoen points to another problem with posting pictures of your child on social media. That is, you make the decision for your child whether he is online or not. “Decision-making for your child is not bad in and of itself: we are constantly doing it in the best interest of the child. However, putting your child on social media is never in your child’s best interest. Kids can feel dissatisfied or intimidated about their photos on social media later on.” From about nine years into pre-puberty, children get their own thoughts and your child can already express that.
According to Pardoen, it’s a good idea to ask your child for permission to post pictures of themselves from a very early age, even if the four-year-old doesn’t yet know what to say “yes” or “no.”
Jerkins also agrees. “In addition, talk to your child about sexual development, so that they know when a particular contact is inappropriate and feel free to talk to you about it. In ninety percent of cases, child abuse occurs with someone from the environment, for example in a daycare center or Neighbor or family member. So stay alert for that, as well as the dangers on the Internet.”
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