09 May Parents Need to Spend 60 Seconds Watching This
From funny potty-training candids to playful bathtub shots to even the most innocent snaps of a naked baby bottom, these photos — especially when posted alongside easily searched hashtags (#pottytraining, #bathtime, and #nakedkids top the list) — are overexposing kids and making them vulnerable to pedophiles and sex offenders who actively target photos of kids in states of undress. Our lax approach to online privacy settings certainly doesn’t help either. According to the coalition, 89 percent of parents haven’t checked them in more than a year.
With that in mind, Kids For Privacy is asking parents to think twice before posting those photos. Going one step further, they’re also asking that parents take over the top 100 hashtags that exploit kids by uploading photos of homemade “Privacy Please” signs that reclaim their child’s rights online.
While this campaign video legitimately frightened me and doled out a healthy dose of “mom guilt” as I scrolled through my own feed to see if I’d unknowingly put my own kids at risk, it’s something that I think every parent with an internet connection needs to watch. After all, it’s our kid, but it’s their privacy.