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Betty Irabor advices Parents to Think Twice Before Posting Kids’ Photos on Social Media



Betty Irabor_March 2016Betty Irabor posts gems on her Twitter and Facebook about relationships and life in general, and today she shared this tip –

With all the kidnapping going on, parents may need to think twice before posting pictures of their kids on social media.

I once saw a picture posted by an actor of himself and daughter in school uniform. I knew the school uniform because my daughter attended the same school. Imagine if someone wanted to kidnap that child; they know where to lay siege.

Let’s exercise restraint when posting family pictures as well as the information we inadvertently provide to those who may be predators.


  1. loveth

    March 10, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    True talk….

    • MUM

      March 11, 2016 at 9:20 am

      hahahaahha lollllll Aunty i tot u where really advising us until i gave it a second thought that u where advising and contradicting come u said an actor posted a pics of himself and daughter in a uniform , and that ur child attend same school. mmmhhh so d kidnappers should luk out for d mans daughter and urs also with d surname irabor. what an advice.

    • Tee

      March 11, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Her child could have attended the same school in the past. Have you thought of that?

    • Biker Chic

      March 11, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Duuuuhh! Her daughter who is now an adult “attended” same school. Read, digest, understand before commenting. Hon, who is a fool now? YOU!

    • Imah

      March 11, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Take note of the word, “attended” meaning her daughter is no longer in said school. How u missed the very important message being passed only to find faults baffle me though.

    • Becca

      March 11, 2016 at 10:40 am

      She said her daughter ‘attended’ the same school…meaning that was in the past

    • Stone cold

      March 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Why don’t you read in between the lines and actually understand comments before jumping? Her daughter is through with her degree now I’m sure. Stop finding faults and get the message instead madam!

  2. o

    March 10, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    True o. Plus tagging the location of some pics. hmm

  3. cuppy

    March 10, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Word……he who has ears,let him hear.
    Once my little sis put up my children’s pic on fb and tagged me,i was upset and asked her to delete it,mumsy felt i overreacted,wish they could read this.

    • Cindy

      March 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      You might have overreacted with the way you broached the topic to her.

  4. nne oyibo

    March 10, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Dem go hear?

  5. Cutie

    March 10, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I totally agree, keep the children off social media, personally once i start bearing kids, i wouldn’t want their pics up. I like my privacy, even I don’t post as much, the social media world doesn’t need to know much.

  6. Olu

    March 10, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    …to the warriors bashing Tiwa for not showing her son’s face ‘on time’ ..for whatever reason…

    …more power to you.

  7. Ene

    March 10, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Gbam.I have 3 kids and I have never posted their pictures on facebook etc, and I’m not even a celebrity.

  8. Somebody

    March 10, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    That’s why I share personal pictures only on bbm where I have a few contacts. It’s tempting to not share pregnancy shoot pictures everywhere especially when they are beautiful but some things must not be for everyone to see. Them wey dey share am dey try

  9. iphy

    March 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Hw I wish sm ppl will understand dis

  10. funki

    March 10, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    a stranger will not just kidnap your child without being close to the family, kidnapping can happen without pix on FB , abi all those kidnap have their pix on fb?

    • Abk

      March 10, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Oh please. I know some school uniforms of some schools; many schools actually. I agree with what she’s saying. These celebrities, we already know their kids names, they’ll not only post pictures but with the school uniforms, tell me, how isn’t it easy for a kidnap? They’ll even post photos of their kids with other innocent kids. Some people will even post the name of the school. You think kidnappers aren’t mobile now? A lot of people see these posts. It’s not everything you put on social media. I know a lot about people I don’t even know and care about, all cause of Instagram, and other social platforms. At least keep your kids off these platforms, if you want to post of yourself it’s okay. I’m not even a Mom yet; I’m in my very early twenties and I cringe when I see thing like this. Please, safety first.

    • Abk

      March 10, 2016 at 9:01 pm


  11. Nwanma

    March 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    True talk! Posting pictures of your kids and even family members without permission is risky. Parents should also stop tagging location in pics. Some of my facebook friends do it just to showoff the posh locations they’ve been to. Hmmm,you never know you is stalking you or trying to break into your house in your absence.

  12. Bey

    March 10, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I wonder if people can’t just make their Instagram or Facebook pages private. That’s my 2cents.
    You can share ur pics with ur family and friends and not the whole world.
    A total stranger knows what ur bedroom and kiddies bedroom looks like.
    The spaghetti ur kids ate yesterday nite, his school, even d birth mark on his left tigh. Some will even post semi-naked pics of dere kids during bath time.
    I have no problem with social media, but Biko make ur page private.

    • beyyyy

      March 10, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      And what then happens where “family & friends” are the enemy within.

    • Abk

      March 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      Well said! As in, there are some things I can’t even share with extended family, not because they’re evil or anything, because there are just some things that are just private. So I get astonished, when people share personal and irrelevant information with just about anyone.

    • Chioma

      March 11, 2016 at 4:28 am

      Betty was not thinking when she wrote this piece. think before you write so you don’t confuse folks of shallow minds like you. People should be able to post any picture they like on social media.

    • Nma

      March 11, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Chioma, I don’t get your comment. Are you sure your brain is functioning well? Today is Friday, you’ll be alright.

    • Naomi

      March 11, 2016 at 3:20 am

      LOL….Makyb sub!

    • Nnenne

      March 11, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Hahahaha MakyB said she hates reality tv but she dishes some of her life on the go. I remember stuff easily and I know most things she has given us info way be4 they happen. Still waiting for her Santorini vacay with her sisters it’s overdue. Heheheehehee

  13. Ms.b

    March 10, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    In France, it’s now illegal to post pics of your kids without thier consent. The kids can sue if they want, it was all over the news yesterday. But this is a tech age, very soon parents won’t be allowed to name thier kids anymore. Abegee, even ppl that don’t post pics online get abducted

  14. Wow

    March 10, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    I don’t think the issue is posting photos of your kids on social media. The issue is posting pictures of your kids in places that show where you and the kids generally go and/or stay. As she mentioned, the child’s school for example. That’s a major security issue even here in the US. Posting pics of your car with license plate, your home with house number etc. Foolish things like that. Unfortunately, lots of Nigerians need social media etiquette lessons.

    • Bola

      March 10, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      I hate pesky generalizations. “Most Nigerians”? Are you for real? I frequently see people from other nationalities post pictures of themselves on social media with their plate numbers and house numbers; yet I don’t think that’s how everyone from those regions are. Please next time speak for yourself and family. God bless.

    • Wow

      March 11, 2016 at 12:38 am

      Emmm excuse me. I didn’t say all Nigerians; that would be generalizating. I said most Nigerians need social media etiquette. If other people/cultures do stuff doesn’t mean we should abegi!!!

    • Tee

      March 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

      ‘Most’ she said, not all – so calm down. And it is the truth.

  15. tosin

    March 10, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Mr Ice prince take note.

    • Abii

      March 11, 2016 at 2:28 am

      If we decide to post our child’s picture that’s our business. No need for name calling.

  16. Tee

    March 10, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Aunty Betty, like really! How do you expect them to post incomplete family picture, they got to show off the butter-looking shudren now in Jennifer’s voice, lol. On a more serious note, I don’t think your advice will do any good to a parent that is obsessed with social media. It’s like telling a cocaine addict to quit because recreational drugs are expensive. Whether you like it or not, the addict will still look for money to buy an alternative like ‘weed’ that doesn’t cost much. Show off is in their blood stream, they can’t change biko.

  17. Nahum

    March 10, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    First of all, I would hope that whoever you friend on your social media is your actual friend and not a friend of a friend of a friend. Second, please resist the need to show off and stop tagging places. Putting pics of your kids is fine if you only have loved ones and friends on your social media. Oh and please make your Facebook private. It’s alarming how open people’s Facebook pages are and then they proceed to post EVERYTHING on it.

  18. Chi baby

    March 10, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    While what’s she saying makes sense and I don’t like my family pics all over social media I don’t really agree. Most kidnappers don’t get their info off social media… A lot of times they know you well or find out about you through some other means.

    • Nma

      March 11, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Yes, you’re right. But all these unnecessary information on Instagram also helps kidnappers. No one is saying everyone who are too open on Instagram get kidnapped, but it is not safe and it adds to the possibility of getting kidnapped. If at all you must post your kids photo on Instagram, you shouldn’t post pictures with their schools uniforms. I don’t need to ask people information about them these days, I know on Instagram and it’s not good.

  19. I just waka come...

    March 11, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Apparently comprehension is also challenging for you.

    Read Bola’s comment again slowly, maybe you will understand.
    If not don’t stress yourself, kindly use ‘alot’ or ‘many’.

    ‘Most’ is an irritating and lazy (pesky) generalization.
    Specially since I’m sure your ‘census’ was taken over less than a hundred people not 5-6 million.

    • Bola

      March 11, 2016 at 11:49 am

      God bless you.

  20. Naomi

    March 11, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Na wa o BN my comment was posted and visible to everyone now it has deleted hmm cowardice

    • I just waka come...

      March 11, 2016 at 9:39 am

      That’s what they normally do.

    • Belema

      March 11, 2016 at 10:32 am

      That’s BN for you.

  21. Chioma

    March 11, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Another reason they say Nigerians don’t think. Why can’t people post their pictures on social media? Instead of talking about government finding solution to kidnapping this person is talking nonsense and some people already believed her. what a shame..

    • Belema

      March 11, 2016 at 10:32 am

      You and your family don’t think, speak for yourself. Please do not over generalize. I’m not sure why you’re taking this post too personal and being overly defensive. You need to shut the hell up. Probably you’re one of the people she’s addressing. You’re free to post whatever you want, but be careful while doing so; that’s the moral of her message. If you can’t accept it, then deal with it. Na wa.

    • T.I.

      March 11, 2016 at 11:04 am

      By your statement “Nigerians don’t think”, I guess you are also referring to yourself Chioma, right? Mschew.

  22. NIRA

    March 11, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I doubt if the school girls that were abducted in Lagos were kidnapped cos their pics were put on SM by their parents. Research has proven that a very high percentage of kidnappings in Nigeria were done by culprits close to the victims. However, if a parent decides not to put his/her child’s picture on SM, their wish should be respected by all, other family members included.

    • Quiss

      March 12, 2016 at 1:16 am

      Comprehension is a big problem. She never said all kidnaps happen because of social media posts; she said with the alarming rates of kidnaps, people should be cautious of the information they release/share on social media; especially for security reasons. I don’t think that’s too hard to understand.

  23. lindo

    March 11, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I tire o. Someone needs to go and advice all these mummy bloggers aka Mama Micah. I dont understand how someone can splash their child’s pictures all over the internet. Like your child is so innocent. Let him or her leave. I mean a few pictures here and there is okay but everyday though??? I think the attention seeking just needs to stop. A private life is indeed a very happy life.

    • Neoma

      March 12, 2016 at 1:09 am

      Oh my word.You took the words out of my MOUTH.alot of folks are so desperate for attentiom that they would do anything to get it.We dont need to know what your child is eating for dinner.I can tell you everything about some peoples kids just from social media.It is so pathetic.Like how can you as a mother not feel a sense to protect your child.Just because of likes and comments.All these eyes on your child.Women protect your home and keep your life private.The desperate attention seeking gatta go.I truly feel like not all that glitters is gold.Alot of these women have an emptiness that the internet is filling.Its like they are in need of validation.If you are truly happy in your home and marriage,you will not seek that much attention from strangers.

  24. Chiza

    March 11, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    That is her personal opinion. Sorry ma, I don’t share same with you. I flaunt my kids because I am proud of them. The Lord protects them and anyone who hates it can dive into an ocean for all I care.

    • Quiss

      March 12, 2016 at 1:21 am

      God protects us all. She didn’t say we shouldn’t post our family pictures on social media, she said we should be careful of what we share. For example, posting pictures with your kids uniform(s), apart from security purposes, there are things I’ll like to be asked; these days you don’t need to ask you already don’t know. There are many people, I know the schools their kids attends and I don’t even know them; this is all because of Instagram. Like posting a picture by a car where the plate number can be clearly seen, and the likes. She’s simply saying we should be security conscious. Nothing wrong sharing photos of your kids; it all depends on what exactly you share.

    • Quiss

      March 12, 2016 at 1:21 am

      you already know* I meant to type.

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