As parents, it is our responsibility to keep our children out of harm’s way. However, with the expansion of the internet and digital technologies this responsibility has become even more challenging.
of children have been featured on social media by the age of 2.
of parents haven’t checked their privacy settings in more than a year.
of online child predators commit hands-on abuse of children in real-life.
The places child predators lurk and gather information are greater than ever. They have poisoned certain social sharing platforms, digital apps, and even video games.
With pedophiles frequently browsing common parenting and child-related hashtags on social sharing platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we have to be extra careful in the content we are sharing and the information we are providing in conjunction with those photos and videos. See the hashtags that overexpose kids and make them vulnerable to predators here.
A harmless, natural social sharing tool, such as location sharing, is, in fact, one of the most dangerous device settings of all, as it shows these predators where they can find and stalk your children. It is easy to think you are sharing harmless information with your inner-circle, but in reality, that content is in danger unless you take the appropriate steps to safeguard you and your children’s online presence.
Pause Before You Post
Help protect your child’s privacy and ensure their image doesn’t fall into the wrong hands by asking yourself these questions before sharing your child’s image on social media:
• Why am I sharing this?
• Would I want this image of my child viewed and downloaded by predators?