Sharing your kids’ photos online: Should you keep doing it?

Add Gigi Hadid to the growing list of celebrities who have chosen not to share their children’s images on social media.

Earlier this week, Hadid shared an Instagram Story discussing why she will refrain from posting pics of her 10-month-old daughter, Kai.

“Our wish is that she can choose how to share herself with the world when she comes of age, and that she can live as normal of a childhood as possible, without worrying about a public image that she has not chosen,” Hadid wrote.

When you become a parent, it’s difficult to not beam with pride when your child does anything. Like, extremely difficult. He’s on his first bike? Post it to Facebook. Lost a tooth? Here comes the Instagram post. Your child hit a game-winning double? Tweet out that video!

But should you consider your child’s privacy when posting, especially as they get older?

A couple years ago, I had a conversation with my oldest child about posting their images to social media. We have an agreement now: I won’t post anything without getting their permission first.

Since then, I’ve posted even fewer pics of my kids to social media. As my Facebook friend circle swells, I’ve asked myself: Do all these people really need to know my child got a bike?

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Instead, I stick to text, sharing all these memories with only the closest family and friends.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t post to social media if you still want, but stay cautious. Here are some tips to consider, according to security firm Kaspersky:.

♦ Check your privacy settings. Is it friends only who can view your images? Do you have limits on what they can share from your posts? It might also be worthwhile to revisit friends’ list for a quick pruning.

♦ Turn off metadata or geotagging. This move will get rid of any potential location data on a post. Another trick, as Consumer Reports points out, is using a screenshot of an image instead of the original image.

♦ Avoid personal info. You probably already know this, but reminders never hurt: Don’t share details like full name, date of birth, or where they go to school.

Erin Wilkey Oh, Content Director for Family and Community Engagement at Common Sense Media, said during an interview with USA TODAY the first step parents should take is to pause and think for a moment about why they want to post a photo.

“Is it sharing with friends and family, is it sort of for their own connection with a greater community – just reflecting on that is really important,” she said.

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Game break

Remember when we wrote about how it was very unlikely we’d see a new Nintendo Switch anytime soon? Turns out Nintendo is launching one on Oct. 8 with a larger OLED screen, more storage, and a bigger kickstand.

This week on Talking Tech

On the Talking Tech podcast, we discussed our rounds of Mario Golf, streaming subscription overload, and perhaps the beginning of the end of robocalls.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

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