This post was published originally posted September 3rd 2015. It has been updated for relevancy.
With my boys starting school soon, I have been searching Pinterest and viewing photos shared by my friends for Back to School Photo ideas. When it comes to milestone photos of the kids, it just seems that everyone always has the cutest ideas and my photos are super boring. So, this year I am going to get more creative while keeping sensitive information out of the photos. I thought now would be the perfect time to share some seemingly harmless back to school photos that should be avoided.Keep your kids safe this school year by avoiding these four back to school photos! Click To Tweet
Avoid Showing School Names
It is okay to take a picture of your child in front of their school, just make sure that it is taken in a way that makes the school unrecognizable. Make sure that no school names, street addresses, or names on uniforms can be read. If your child wears uniforms to school, it may be a good idea to cover the school logo
This also includes taking photos in front of buses in a way that shows the district name. Consider taking the shot from the front of the bus – near the front tires since it will not show the district name.
No Name Tags or Mentioning Names on Social Media
Your friends and family are likely aware of what school your child attends and what his or her name is. Avoid posting with your child’s name or tagging a school in your social media posts. This helps keep your children safe in regards to internet predators. If your child has a Facebook page, make sure it is private and avoid tagging them.
Note: It is also a good idea to remove your geotags (tags that show your location) in social media posts containing your children. Also, make these photos viewable only to your contacts.
Do not Display Addresses or Easily Recognizable Landmarks
As with the school bus number, you also don’t want to have your home address number showing either. Again, if someone knows what city you live in, it makes it easier for them to track down your exact address if your house number is displayed. While this would take a lot of work on the predators part, during this day in age, if someone is determined enough they would pinpoint your exact location.
Any landmarks that are unique to your location should not be included in photos either. This makes it easier for predators to track down your children.
No Classroom Photos
If your kids are older, they may not want you snapping photos of them while they are inside of the classroom in front of everyone. So, you may have to get a quick one from outside of the classroom. When taking this sort of photo you want to make sure the teacher’s name and classroom number is not visible.
Now, that we have the photo safety out of the way for back to school; have fun taking back to school photos. Be safe and make sure only those you want to see the back to school photos you’ve taken can see them. You do have the option to make photos private on Facebook so that only your connections can see them.
What photo safety tips do you have for parents who take back to school photos of their children?