As Facebook celebrates its 10th anniversary and continues its dominance as the most influential social media site, a recent Pew study shows that most parents have pretty specific opinions about photos of their children being shared without their permission.
In short, they don’t like it.
“Parents are especially protective of images of their children, as 57% of Facebook users with children under the age of 18 say that people posting pictures of their children without asking permission first is something they strongly dislike about using Facebook,” according to the Pew study.
Parents of younger-aged children are especially attuned to this issue, so when in doubt, make sure to ask the parents’ permission before posting a photo that includes their child. Some may want you to tag the photos so they know they are online and being shared; however, others may share but not tag. There will always be situations where this courtesy will be difficult to extend, such as at a concert or school event, but you will create goodwill by asking before uploading.