Like most proud parents, Danica Patterson posted adorable pictures of her 4-year-old daughter to keep friends and family updated and to share happy family moments. She didn't realize that privacy settings for her profile and for her posts can be different. To her dismay, a stranger had taken multiple images from her Facebook feed and reposted images of her daughter, posing as her father. While the reason for his deception is still unknown, it was enough to make Danica reconsider how much she shares of her growing daughter.
How familiar are you with the privacy settings on your various online profiles? On the top bar of your Facebook page is a small icon in the shape of a lock and three little lines. Once you click on it, you can get a walk through of your privacy settings. Every time you post, you can change the privacy setting on the post. It's a good habit to build to take a quick look before hitting the "post" button.
Keep in mind, also, that whenever you tag a friend, the photo can become visible to their friends as well. Prior to posting any pictures of of others, especially children, be a good cyber-buddy and double check before sharing.
Do you have other tips for moderating your online life?