NEW YORK (MainStreet) — If you're like most people on social media, you probably see adorable pictures of babies pop up in your feed all the time, put there by proud friends and family. If you're a parent, chances are you may upload photos of your own beautiful brood – but just because sharing your child's image is an everyday occurrence doesn't mean it's safe.
Why do some parents shield their children from the social media glare?
Because anytime you post anything on social media, you're losing a little bit of control over what happens to that image, clinical psychologist Barbara Greenberg says. Some people aren't willing to take that risk.
"There are people out there who are bad," Greenberg says. "There are stalkers and malicious people who can take your pictures and put them on sites where heads end up on other people's bodies … socially isolated people who spend all day on Facebook stalking people, who get turned on by children."
"This is the world we live in," she says. "As a parent you have to think about how much you're going to post."
The problem in years to come
There's another concern: You need to make sure that whatever images or anecdotes you post are things your children will feel comfortable with later in life, says Adriana Sanford, Lincoln Professor of global corporate compliance and ethics at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
"I am cautious with what I post, because I believe at some point later in life it may come back up. You're making decisions now for your children," she says.