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Sharing Photographs Online

We are all proud of our children and many of us share photographs of them online with friends and family. Below is a great video from the BBC that talks about how to safely share photographs of your child online.

The word 'selfie' is now part and parcel of every day life! In certain parts of the country 1 in 5 teenagers will have shared a selfie in the last hour!

Research published by the Safer Internet Organsation looked at the power of images in young people’s lives and the influence this can have on their self-esteem, behaviour and emotions.

Sharing images online

The research looked at how many of the young people had shared a photo in the last hour. The research showed that 1 in 6 had shared a photo online in the last hour, and 1 in 8 had shared a selfie in the last day.

The research found that 43% of those asked worry about how attractive they look when they share images online. It also found that 45% of 8-17 year olds had used a filter on a photo in the last year to make themselves look more attractive.

Interestingly, the research also showed that 70% of 8-17s said they have seen images and videos not suitable for their age in the last year and that almost 2 in 5 (38%) have received negative comments on a photo they have posted. This was shown to have had a real impact on young people’s behaviour online, as 2 in 5 (40%) said that they sometimes don’t post images because of concerns about receiving mean comments. It is encouraging however that 80% said they have received positive comments on a photo they posted.

Over half (56%) of young people aged 8-17 years said they have shared images or videos on a public social media profile, with almost a third (31%) saying that most of the photos they share are on a public profile that can be seen by anyone. Almost a quarter said they don’t know how to control who can see what they post on social media (23%). Only half of 8-17 year olds (51%) said they always think about what personal information they could be sharing before they post a photo or video online

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