Privacy is a serious concern for parents who use family child care providers.
I recently delivered a webinar “Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs” sponsored by Early Childhood Investigations Webinars. You can listen to it for free.
Here are some Questions and Answers I prepared after the webinar in response to questions raised during the webinar.
Q: “I want to know about whether or not to use the social networks like Facebook or should I stay completely away from using them?”
A: Social media, including Facebook, can be a valuable tool in promoting your program to prospective parents and sharing information with current parents. You need to be very careful about not posting any information about parents or children without the permission of the parents. If you have staff they should not take pictures of children without your permission.
Q: “What about parents who take pictures and post them on Facebook. I am liable for their actions?”
Q: “We have family events and a parent takes a picture of their child at the event and post it on Facebook and another child is in the background. Are we liable?”
Childcareinfo.com is a community for family child care providers and parents that offers a wide variety of resources including recipes, a blog, and a newsletter. It serves as a clearinghouse for many online resources (children’s activities, training opportunities, equipment, and more).
Childcareinfo.com was created by Minute Menu (now KidKare) to offer free assistance that will help the family child care community grow.
Tom Copeland – www.tomcopelandblog.com