Why nannys should NOT be placing pictures up on the internet


I know that nannies love their jobs and also want nothing more than to show their boss pictures of the children as they spend their day. This is totally fine and great that a nanny would want to share that with the parents. I have taken several pictures of all my charges. I also find the best way to share the photos is without placing them on-line, which has always been my rule of thumb as a professional nanny. The moment you place a picture online of one of your charges you risk their safety and yours. I have provided what I like to call the DANGER LIST for Parents and Nannies:

  1. Thanks to technology, you now have a location indicator that will let anyone know where you are when you snap a picture and place it online. So please think before you upload pictures with children.
  2. It takes about 15 minutes to totally redo an innocent picture of your smiling face  into one of a youth engaged in a lascivious act with someone else. These re-done pictures are often put onto adult sites, CDs, private collections and sold to others.
  3. Facebook: Friends of yours on Facebook could very well be an offender. Studies have shown that it’s not the stranger who you must be concerned about, it’s a friend of the family. If you are placing pictures online, that picture shows a location at which your child is playing. When this happens, you could be setting yourself up for a dangerous situation without even knowing it.
  4. If you are going to place pictures up with children, please don’t link them from your main page or anywhere else that sex offenders can get their hands on them.
  5. While being interviewed by Forbes back in December of 2008, a 19-year-old teen girl stated, “I discovered that the bogeyman is real, and that he lives on the web.”
  6. Once you publish on the Internet, it’s there for all to see. I know some of my clients go online and research their nannies before hiring. If you have a nanny whom you love, ask her to sign a confidentiality agreement that states that she/he  will not publish any pictures of your children on-line. Here are a few fun activities  that will get those pictures out to friends and family in a safe and controlled way:
  • Start a journal with all the fun things that each of you do
  • Mail a card to moms, dads, grandma, nanny or to a friend
  • Make a book with a theme story  and mail them as gifts, starring YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN.
  • Make a collage
  • Keep up to date pictures of friends and frame each one
  • Purchase a digital photo frame for your office or home
  • Place your pictures on a disk and send them through the mail. This will also allow you to keep track of all your pictures in a fun way. I love saving pictures for a rainy day. If you have the books that you have created as a family then it will be treasured far more than the pictures that are on your screen. Also, if something happens to your computer you will always have your pictures.

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  • Rackerly

    I love the eyes of the scrapbooker. thank you for your love and respect for children.

  • Survanna

    Thank you for addressing this very important topic which I believe is a number one threat to our children as we move deeper into the digital and tech arenas. As a mom, military spouse, and educator it remains a concern of mine and I look for ways to stay vigilant and keep those I love safe.

    Many people may not know there is actually software available to identify the location pictures were taken and in some cases more (like where you live) called “Social Geo Media Tagging” can actually pull other images from your electronic devices that you did not even share. Please check out the link below to be sure your privacy is protected.

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