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Summer, sun and holidays!

Summer holidays are here. Many families go on holiday, participate in a summer camp, different young people travel alone for the first time.

One thing will certainly play a part: take pictures and post them on social media - to show the good moments, share a beautiful place or show parents that everything is fine.

What is normal for everyone today is a really important topic. A photo of a person is personal data that can be abused in many ways. Publishing and sharing on social networks even makes it easy.



So how do you manage holiday photos properly, and others too, especially as parents? Should we post no photo at all?

First of all, it is important to know that a child has a right to privacy and to his own image. Therefore, it is necessary to ask the child if he agrees that a picture of him is put online (GDPR, law of August 11, 1982, children’s rights). If we look at the results of the "Children's Commissioner" study of November 2018, it is doubtful that this is always the case: every year, parents publish an average of 71 photos and 29 videos of their children in social networks. These are 1300 photos and videos at the child's 13th birthday - and this does not include the photos shared e.g. by WhatsApp or e-mail.

Especially during the holidays there are pictures in a bathing suit or bikini, smaller children even completely naked. It is understandable that a child or teenager feels uncomfortable, ashamed, or simply does not wish these pictures to be visible for everyone. The risk of harassment is high especially related to such photos. Other forms of abuse are also possible with this kind of photos.

We therefore call upon the responsible handling of photos, as we do for our wallet and keys.

Here are some tips for parents to protect their children when they consider posting or sharing holiday pictures:

• Think first: Do I really have to post this photo? Why not another? Or maybe none this time?
• Who is in the photo: You? Your children? You and your children? In what context?
• Ask your child: Can I post / share this photo?
• What do we see? The child from behind, a little anonymized? Or completely recognizable and lightly clothed?
• Think about your profile settings: Is your profile public? What friends see what? For example, you can make a list on Facebook that contains family members and share an image exclusively with them.

You are the model for your child. As he learns at home that we do not put our feet on the dining room table, he also learns at home how to manage his photos. You can give your child the awareness that it's okay not to publish everything, and that it's important to think carefully about what you publish at all and where. In particular, you can support your child when he learns at home that he has the right to say NO.

In this context, you can also teach your child that there are consequences if a NO is not respected. The internet is also a place with laws!

• What can your child do if his photo has been shared without permission?
• What can your child do if he is harassed because of a holiday photo?
• What can you do as parents?

The most important thing for your child is to know that he can confide in his parents, to know that he is supported by you.

Specifically, everyone can report a photo or the person who shared the photo, respectively contact the data protection officer of a website and request the deletion of the photo. If a solution cannot be found by these means, you can file a complaint with the police.

When harassed online, you and your child can report this/these person/s. However, this person should also be blocked and contact should be broken. In this case too, filing a complaint with the police is possible. Keep a screenshot of the photo as proof.
As parents, you can guide and support your children in these procedures and you may also learn one or the other thing about one of a popular app with children and teens.

If you have questions or concerns about the use of the internet, the BEE SECURE Helpline is here for you! BEE SECURE's job is to educate all people in the safe use of modern information and communication technologies and to provide information and advice. Anyone, man, woman or child, young or old, can contact us with questions related to online safety and the handling of digital media.

The BEE SECURE Helpline is a first point of contact for all questions concerning the internet. The consultations are based on the principles of anonymity and confidentiality. This means that anyone who contacts us is not obliged to give his name; the content of the conversation is treated confidentially. You can call the toll free number 8002 1234 from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm.

The themes that appear regularly at the BEE SECURE Helpline are for example:

• online relationships,
• cyber harassment
• internet fraud,
• social networks,
• private life,
• sexting
• sextorsion,
• grooming

and many others!

The BEE SECURE Helpline team is here for you!