Research has shown that an average mom or dad posts nearly 300 pictures of their child every year. The number of kids’ photos shared increases every year, and it’s quite possible that by the time today’s infants start school, they’ll have somewhere around 1500 pictures of them on the net. Documenting and posting every precious moment of our children’s lives is a trend followed by thousands of parents, but it’s not as harmless as it may seem.
Here at Apegeo we’ve found out why sharing your kids’ pictures on social media can be dangerous, and here’s what you need to know.
1. You reveal your child’s location, and this information can be used by criminals.
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Even if you don’t name the location where the pic was taken on purpose, there are a number of identifying features that could appear on photos of your child. These features include names and numbers on houses or names of shops in the background, soft toys your child is holding, names and appearance of pets and many other things. So, by simply looking at your child’s photos, criminals can identify the locations your kid visits most often, and even recognize the kid in a school yard as yours by the items he or she is carrying.
2. Sharing personal data increases the risk of online fraud.
Bank specialists are sure that sharing kids’ pictures containing personal data can put their future financial security at risk. While posting dozens of childhood pictures, parents may unintentionally reveal the names and dates of birth of their children, home addresses, places of birth, names of pets, sports teams their children support, and so on.
All this data may later on be used by criminals for fraudulent loans, credit card transactions, or online shopping scams. Security specialists urge parents to check their online privacy settings and make sure they know what information is displayed in this public space.
3. Social media posts about your kids can attract dangerous people.