Now that my children (and for some of you, your children) are starting to get a little older, I have decided it’s time to take some proactive measures to protect their identity and likenesses from random Internet creeps. I am changing my policy regarding photos taken of children on my Flickr site. Please note that, to my knowledge, no photos on my site have been used for nefarious purposes, but I want to get ahead of the curve and be prepared.
STARTING TODAY ALL FUTURE PHOTOS THAT INCLUDE MY CHILDREN OR YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE PROTECTED ON FLICKR AND ACCESSIBLE ONLY TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
Other photos such as concerts, sporting events, and such will continue to accessible to anyone.
What this means to you:
- If you already have a Flickr account and you are a contact with me, you are all set! You won’t need to make any changes, you will be able to see photos as you were before.
- If you have a Flickr account, but you are not a contact with me, please add me as a friend. Even if you don’t know me well, I’ll usually gladly add “friends of friends” and such. I promise I’m only marginally creepy.
- If you don’t have a Flickr account, it’s easy to set one up and it’s free. Just go to http://www.flickr.com and get started there. Additionally, if you have a Yahoo ID, you can tie your Flickr ID and your Yahoo ID together and you are good to go.
- If you do not wish to set up a Flickr account, you can access the pictures via a Guest Pass. After an event, I will send out a URL link that will link you to my Flickr site using a Guest Pass and you will be able to view pictures through that URL. If for some reason I forget to send out a link or you can’t find the link, feel free to e-mail me and I’ll be glad to send it to you.
In addition, this doesn’t change any rules as far as posting to sites like Facebook where my photos are already restricted to friends only. You may also take this as implicit permission from me to post photos of my children on sites like Facebook.
Normally, I am a big proponent of openness on the Internet and don’t have a lot of qualms with what random people do with the content that I publish to online sites, but it never hurts to be a little more careful when it comes to my children. I hope this doesn’t inconvience you too much and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.