Posting pictures of your child on social media has divided parents

Just over half of parents think it is wrong to share pictures of your children online, according to a study.

In a survey by Ofcom, 56% of parents said they would not post images of their kids on social media to protect their privacy.

But one in five parents surveyed said they put up snaps of their little ones online at least once a month.

The figures are part of the organisation’s annual Communications Market Report, which is based on an online survey of 1,000 adults carried out in April by YouGov.

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Would you post your child’s picture online?



70% of those surveyed do not think it is OK to share images of others without their permission, 36% strongly believe photos should be restricted to friends and family. And 50% of people think it is difficult to take images off the Internet after they have been posted.

87% of the abstainers said their kids lives should remain private, while 38% said their kids would not like them uploading pictures of them.

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Ofcom’s consumer group director Lindsey Fussell told the BBC: “Parents are really divided about whether it’s sensible to share photos of their children online.

“The good news is that of those who do share, over 80% feel very confident about restricting who can see those photos… to friends and family, for example.”

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