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2 Reasons Not to Post Your Senior Photos on Social Media

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I don’t know why anyone thinks posting senior photos helps the Class of 2020. But doing so could hurt your account security.

People are posting senior photos from their high school days to support this year’s graduating seniors.

It’s a nice gesture apparently designed to show some sort of solidarity between yesteryear’s graduates and those wondering if graduation ceremonies will even take place in the pandemic.

It’s a nice gesture. But since I first saw it, I wondered how it helps. If I were in the Class of 2020, why would I care to see 20-year-old senior portraits from people I don’t know?

Would that make me feel better? I don’t think it would.

I must not be alone. Over at P.S. I Love You, Missy Nolan shared similar thoughts.

“Posting your own senior pics doesn’t honor the class of 2020,” Nolan writes. “It just honors your past, and it’s insensitive right now.”

That’s exactly what I thought the first time I saw this notion start gaining traction on Facebook.

After all, it’s a safe bet that almost all of the people who post their photos celebrated their graduation. They walked across the stage. They felt the pride of hearing their families cheer them on.

Their photos serve as a reminder of what many of today’s seniors won’t have.

But maybe that’s just me. (And Missy.)

There’s another reason to avoid the trend.

Earlier this week, I wrote about a popular Facebook challenge that could put your account security at risk. That challenge involves posting photos of every car you’ve owned. I mentioned that the make and model of your first vehicle is a popular security question you answer to regain access to your account if you lose your password.

The Better Business Bureau warns there’s a similar concern about posting your senior photos.

Some default security questions involve naming the high school you attended, the year you graduated or your high school mascot.

Some senior photos are stamped with the graduation year. Many of the photos I see mention the high school. If I know the high school, there’s a pretty good chance I can figure out that high school’s mascot. In most cases, you can do so simply by visiting the high school’s website.

Yes, some schools do change mascots. One I attended did, right after I graduated, and it caused quite a stir. I still consider myself being a member of the old mascot group, not the new one. But that’s another story.

But most schools keep their mascot forever. And in this day and age, where hackers are always looking for a way in, it’s probably best that we not give them one.

Maybe we can come up with a better, more meaningful way to honor those who are missing experiences we probably took for granted.

I sure hope we can come up with something better than this.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.