How to Spread Christmas Cheer Responsibly
It’s the time for family, food, gifts and all things shiny and we want to share every amazing bit of it on our various social networks. We take photos, record every precious memory, document our every move and with today’s technology we can share all of this instantly. This Christmas it is expected that millions
of children will receive phones, tablets and laptop as gifts, naturally they will want to use their new device and share their magic moments on social media, but this can be risky if posts are not carefully thought through first.
We have put together a list of tips to help you and your family spread your Christmas cheer responsibly.
As Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube grow ever popular so do DIY projects. We now have the tutorials and know how to create beautiful Christmas decorations and dress our homes to our hearts content. Of course, we want to show off our master piece to our followers. However, wide shots of your home could be giving potential thieves an entrance and exit plan. We advise taking close up images of your Christmas tree, wreath’s and other festive decor instead of a whole living room shot for example. If you wanted to share your work in one photo try creating a collage, there are many apps out there that allow you to do this from your phone or tablet.
Hittin’ the Road
Many of us visit family and friends, go on grand shopping trips or attend fabulous parties throughout the Christmas season, all the while leaving our home and valuables behind. We recommend not tagging yourself as out of your home until after the event and using your posts as a recap of the wonderful day or night you have had. Advertising you are away from your home this time of year leaves your residence more vulnerable. There are more tips on how to keep your home secure over the Christmas season on our blog.
Santa has come to town!
Its Christmas day, you’re surrounded by family and wrapping paper, glorious smells are coming from the kitchen and you’re absolutely beaming from the lovely gifts you have received. You can’t wait to post pictures of the delicious spread on the dinner table and the odd selfie with nan and granddad. But before you boast your spoils online have a think. By showing off your new jewellery or high tech gadget, you’re not only showing that loved one your appreciation, you are showing potential thieves your brand new valuables. Check that family photos aren’t advertising gifts in the background like that new TV Dad has been treated to or a new designer handbag hanging on the back of the chair.
Try taking pictures against a plain background like a wall or around a table to avoid showing burglars your valuables and the easiest route to get to them.
There are great organisations online such as Internet Matters, who are there to help and support parents on how to educate their children to use the web safely and what to look out for online for potential threats.
The Banham Team wish you a secure Christmas and a happy New Year!