Is it Safe to Blog?
Recently I have been thinking a lot about blogging after hearing many disturbing news stories about incidents around children, and I have been asking myself – is it safe to blog?
I wonder if I am putting Molly in danger by publicly displaying what we get up to and sharing her photographs around the Internet.
Am I making her more susceptible to an incident? Am I putting her whereabouts in danger? Who is accessing her photographs?
These questions have been going over and over in my mind and it has made me question my blog.
I love blogging and sharing my story and also being part of an online community but it is more important to be safe.
The main thing I have learnt is how to be a safe blogger.
1. Be careful what you share – Never expose your personal information: Surnames, schools, workplace, Town of residence – keep it vague.
2. Photographs – anybody can access or save your photos so be very careful to how much is exposed in them. Some photos maybe better shown on social media platforms where you can specifically see or approve those viewing them.
3. Social Media – Don’t just accept anybody to bump your views up, check out each request and talk to those following you to understand more about who knows your information.
4. Passwords – change them regularly! Sounds obvious but it’s an easy thing to forget and our sites contain a lot of personal information we would not want getting into the wrong hands.
5. Reviews – Having a company contact you to review an item of theirs is great, but do your homework and really study their website. You have to give them an address to send the item to and this could make you vulnerable. Where possible, have it delivered to a nearby store or Post Office for you to collect to keep your home safe.
6. Comments – Thoroughly read all comments to check for spam or rude/indecent remarks or links back to inappropriate sites.
7. Review – Go back and review old posts to ensure they are not giving away too much information. If you wouldn’t say it to a complete stranger in the street, don’t write it – they could easily find your blog.
8. Link ups – Linking up to other sites is a great way to expand your audience, but always check who else has access to that site and how they promote themselves.
9. Who is seeing this? – Don’t write something you wouldn’t want your Grandmother to read, that way your content should be okay for all readers and save you from future embarrassment. Don’t share photographs of your children or others that may one day upset them.
10. It’s permanent – Anything you post to the web is permanent, even after you delete it. Text or photographs can be copied and saved so bear this in mind when choosing what to post.
11. Don’t make yourself vulnerable – Publicly displaying how you’re home alone or what park you are playing in with your child is never a good idea and could lead to trouble if the wrong person found this information out.
12. Be positive – Posting negative stories or pictures leaves you a target for abuse. However at the same time try not to overly boast as people can become the green-eyed monster! Really think about your words and how they can be interpreted differently.
13. Plan – If you were to find yourself in a negative online situation, think how you would handle it and diffuse the situation and steps to take to prevent it happening in future or who to report to.
How do you blog safely? Are you worried about sharing your story?