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Being Cautious When Taking Photos Of Your Children

At Antics Land we understand that parents like to take photos of their children on rides and having a great time and we are happy for parents to do so. We only suggest that you ask the parents or carers of the children that maybe caught around them, their permission to do so. This is only for respect and understanding that not all parents will want their children in other peoples photos.

We have to take frequent pictures of the rides and our events for promotional purposes, so we make sure to make this publicly known at the time so that parents that do not wish their pictures to be taken will have a chance to remove their child during that time.

Antics Land would like to take this opportunity to remind or advice parents to take into consideration some of the following points when photos of children are concerned.

We live in a world where snapping photos of your kids and posting them to social media is about as natural to parents as kissing a boo boo. But while sharing shots of little ones at birthday parties, wearing new outfits, or exploring Antics Land is cute, some moments should remain private. Otherwise, you may put kids at risk for embarrassment, or even worse, make them a potential target for child predators. So we suggest keeping these eight photos of kids off the Internet:

1. Bath time

Any photo of your child partially or completely naked, like while he is bathing, is not for public consumption. Unfortunately, what you think is a darling moment of your three tots sudsing up can—cringe-worthy though it may be—fall into the wrong hands, such as those of child pornographers.

2. When they’re sick or injured

As parents, it’s our job to protect our kids, not take advantage of them. Ask yourself this question: Would you want someone posting pictures of you while you’re feeling lousy? Probably not. Apply that standard when you consider what to post and what not to.

3. Shaming photos

Child shaming online seems to be all the rage, but this practice can have devastating effects on kids in the short and long term. Not only does shaming violate trust between parents and children, it may cause post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety later in life.

4. On the potty

Photos of your kiddos doing their business are best kept private when you think of potential future consequences. Remember, anything you share online lasts forever; do you really think your teen wants to see a shot of himself doing No. 2 for the first time?

5. Private details

Keep children safe by never sharing their full names, addresses, where they go to school, if they are babysitting alone somewhere, etc. online. You don’t know who might use this information for purposes other than what was intended.

6. Group pictures

If you decided to share photos of your kids online, great. But it’s not okay to make this decision for other parents, who may not feel comfortable having their children’s faces plastered all over social media. Make sure you have clearance to post any group picture of your child posing or playing with others.

7. Bullying fodder

Consider how posting certain pictures online may impact your child at school. For instance, a picture exposing a weakness, fear or maybe a silly nickname could humiliate your child and have repercussions on his social life.

8. Unsafe activities

You let your child palm a beer bottle for a second and snap a picture. Or you hold a wee one in your lap to move the car from the garage to the driveway, pausing to get a shot on your smartphone. Photos of these seemingly harmless moments were taken in good fun, but sharing them online opens you up for criticism and potential problems, since all the surrounding details may not be immediately evident upon first glance.

What kinds of pictures do you think are best kept private and off of social media?

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