Shall I Share My Children’s Photos Online?

06 July, 2021
Q What do you think of sharing my children’s photos online? I see many parents doing it. I feel like the black sheep, but I do not like the idea.

As a psychologist, do you see any harm in it?

Answer

In this counseling answer:

Please remember that just because everyone else is doing it, it does not mean that you must do it too.

Be aware that the digital footprint now means that even after you delete these pictures, they will be available for years to come.

Consider both possible choices and consequences and use this to decide the most favorable option.

As-Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatuh,

At the end of the day, this is your choice. However, there are many things to consider here.

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Firstly, please remember that just because everyone else is doing it, it does not mean that you must do it too. It doesn’t mean either that it is the right thing to do.

You should make a choice based on your own values, not everyone else’s. After all, you will be the one held accountable, not anyone else.

Remember that these are pictures of your children, not you. As minors, they may not be aware of this or any possible harm that could come of it now. However, in later years, they may become upset that you shared their pictures publicly without their consent.

Also, be aware that the digital footprint now means that even after you delete these pictures, they will be available for years to come.

From a safety perspective, it’s important to consider the potential consequences that could come from sharing photos publicly. In fact, it is something that is even taught in school curriculums now in order to instill these considerations from a young age.

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As adults, raided in a time when such opportunities were not available, we can be quite oblivious to some of the dangers that can come from sharing photos.

In this case, you are talking about sharing your children and potentially exposing them to these dangers.

From an Islamic perspective, it is generally recommended not to share such pictures publicly for risking the possibility of afflicting the person in the picture with the evil eye.

With these factors in mind, consider what benefits, if any, you may get from sharing your children’s pictures?

Consider both possible choices and consequences and use this to decide the most favorable option. Whilst doing this, it’s important that you also consider the benefits and costs from your children’s perspective.

Additionally, you might think about some alternatives. For example, you might consider only sharing photos privately with friends and family.

This way you are avoiding exposing yourself and your children to the many dangers that come with public sharing. Yet still, get to share the pictures that you would like to.

Depending on your children’s ages, you should consider consulting with them and get their opinion on it.

Additionally, there are now plenty of opportunities to sign up for training in Internet safety. Take advantage of an opportunity like this to learn more.

You may feel like you know enough, but with technology rapidly evolving, you will probably be surprised about the things that you don’t know.

May Allah guide you to make the best decision that is best for you and your children. May He continue to protect you from the trials of this life and keep you safe.

Amen,

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About Hannah Morris
Hannah Morris is a mum of 4 and she currently works as Counsellor and Instructor of BSc. Psychology at the Islamic Online University (IOU). She obtained her MA degree in Psychology and has over 10 years of experience working in health and social care settings in the UK, USA, and Ireland. Check out her personal Facebook page, ActiveMindCare, that promotes psychological well-being in the Ummah. (www.facebook.com/activemindcare)