Have you considered using social media to store your child’s photos?
Instagram is my go-to app. Facebook comes in second for private sharing of kids photos.
The thought of having your child’s photos on the internet might freak some out. Some already store photos on a cloud service like Dropbox or Google Drive. If you are apprehensive to store to a cloud service, rather opting for physical hard-drives or memory sticks as storage of digital photos, then hear me out on this one.
These social networks have strict privacy policies in place. By default, anyone can see your profile and photos. However if you amp up the settings to extreme privacy, you’re safe.
The 6 benefits of using Instagram or Facebook:
- Accessible and organised memories.
- At a glance you can view the timeline of your child’s growth.
- If you need a few minutes to yourself, show your child photos and videos of themselves, by way of their own page or digital album.
- By looking at themselves grow they have a sense of identity and it jogs their memory.
- You can share the page or album with just immediate family (grandparents, siblings). Those that live far away can see your child grow and make comments.
- You don’t have to share the page with anyone. An organisational tool just for you.
- You hand over the page to your child when they are old enough. Memories and comments from grandparents, stored forever.
Here’s a how-to example on Instagram…
- Save to your feed (those squares at the bottom). The best way to use this is by adding multiple images per square. Add images per event. For example your lockdown activities for the week.
- Save to instagram stories. Photos remain in stories for 24 hours. However (this is the part that excites me!), you can save to ‘highlights’ as well from stories.
- Highlights allow you to save photos and videos per event in those cute circles (see above example LD 2020, 1st Birthday).
Here’s how-to on Facebook …
- You have the option of sharing the album with everyone or just friends or just for yourself.
- You can also create a separate facebook page for your child and invite no one.
- Just remember to send login details and passwords to a safe place, preferably online (one that you remember).
I personally don’t have the best memory. Storing images and videos on the highlights reel on Instagram per event has been a game changer. I’ve been able to save our “Lockdown experience” from Day 1 to date.
If this has helped you in any way, do let me know. Would love to hear your photo organising stories.