Here's why your baby doesn't need a Facebook page

Parents who love oversharing are starting to create their own Facebook baby pages to garner all those "likes" and "shares" cute babies deserve. With the holidays coming up, our social media feeds will be drowning with cute baby photos. Many parents believe that having a designated page will allow them to filter who gets to see the adorable pics and avoids annoying younger single folks who aren't at that chapter in their lives yet. The idea may be as charming as the baby pictures parent's love posting, but there could be some serious repercussions to sharing your baby's business a little too much.  


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1. Facebook can use your baby's photos without your consent: In 2013, Facebook went under fire for using users personal data (including users under 18 years of age) for advertising reasons. That means uploaded photos and personal data was being used without people knowing. Facebook updated their privacy policy to read that if you're under 18, "You represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to the terms of this section (and the use of your name, profile picture, content, and information) on your behalf."

2. You will lose the social media argument with your kid in the future: When they get old enough to control their own page, you won't be able to chime in about what your kid should be sharing. "As parents are starting at a very young age posting anything and everything on Facebook, then it will be hard as parents to say to your child as a teenager, 'That's not appropriate to post,' when parents have been posting information about them for their entire lives," explains Dr. Mary Beth DeWitt, a director of psychology at Dayton Children's Hospital. 

3. You're violating your baby's privacy: Sure, your baby doesn't have a clue what is going on now, but how will he or she feel in 15 years when they have uncovered that their entire life has been documented for strangers, family and friends to see? We definitely can't relate since Facebook wasn't around when we were kids. Let them have their own throwback Thursday moments when they get older. Better yet, let them form their own cyber identity. Imagine if your parents had control over yours...

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