Safety tips for photo sharing

Rahimah Rashith
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Internet safety is a growing concern as more young people surf the Internet. (Getty Images)

These days taking and sharing a photo takes just a few quick taps. Before your post your next photo—at home or on the go—keep safety in mind by asking yourself these questions:

1.     Who can see my photos? Change the default photo privacy settings to control who can see what you post.
2.     Does this photo have personal info? You might not want things like your home address or easily identifiable landmarks (e.g. your house) in your pictures.
3.     Is my geolocation in this photo? Some photos store data that carries map locations. Control who can see those kinds of pictures or disable the embedding in your device altogether so others can’t see your private locations.
4.    Are others playing nice? You can report to the service when people make mean or threatening comments so they can take action.
5.     What are others posting? If you stumble across a photo you know shouldn’t be there, report it! This way services can review it and take it down if needed.

Other resources around the web:
A Platform for Good: Yahoo! is happy to support a website that promotes the positive use of the Internet. Check out resources for parents, teachers and teens.
You can also find out more about Insafe and Safer Internet day on

Print and share the infographic on safety tips for photo sharing here.

We’re proud to support an event gathers so many stakeholders across the public, private, and non-profit sectors on an international level. A commitment to online safety is something we can all agree on, and we are excited to watch the day unfold.

In Singapore, in conjunction with Safer Internet Day, the Media Literacy Council is organising a youth conference and parent-child workshops. Learn more about their initiatives here.