Oftentimes, first day photos give away a lot of information: which school a child or young person is attending, how old they are, and sometimes even where you live (many of these photos are taken outside of the front door with the house number and street name visible). This is all private information. The photo could be seen by more people than you intended to share it with, depending on your safety settings, and you may be unintentionally aiding a predator or bully.
Also, a child may not want their photo to go online! Even from a young age, it’s important to ask permission before you share a photo of the child in your care. It will help them feel in control of their image and will teach them about the importance of consent. Here’s our safeguarding checklist to help you discuss this together: