Facebook Debuts Scrapbook for Parents

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This week Facebook unveiled a new way for parents and pet owners to share photos of their furry (and non-furry) babies online.

Called “Scrapbook,” the feature allows small two- and four-legged family members to have a more formalized social media presence. This allows parents to claim their children or pets, co-own the page, and tag photos.

Scrapbook displays all tagged images on a specialized page, featuring a cover photo and profile picture. Parents can also choose the name of the tag—either the child’s name, their initials, or some other creative idea. The Center for Identity recommends not using your child’s full name to avoid an increased risk of identity theft.

This idea was birthed by a new father who also happened to be a product manager at Facebook. In a blog post, Facebook announced that 65 percent of surveyed parents who post pictures of their children online also tag their partner in the photos. Scrapbook makes it easier for those pictures to reach their partner’s network.

To start a scrapbook, go to your profile, click on About and click on Family and Relationships. There you will find an invitation to make a scrapbook. Click Get Started.

(Already exhausted by the amount of toothless offspring in your newsfeed? Don’t worry. People need to ‘opt-in’ to see your Scrapbook postings.)

Many parents and experts continue debate the curation of a child’s social media presence before that child is old enough to understand the rewards and risks. Our own Tricia Bailey recently tackled the subject.

Facebook is attempting to help organize children’s online identities. CNN Money hinted that Facebook will have a process for giving children ownership over their photos when they turn 13 years old.

What do you think of Facebook’s Scrapbook? Will you make one for your child or pet? We want to know. Email Cassie Morien and share your thoughts!

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