Why you SHOULDN’T post back-to-school photos on social media
STRANGER DANGER Why you SHOULDN’T post back-to-school photos on social media
Cybersecurity company McAfee says despite fears paedophiles will access images, 53 per cent of parents will still post their children‘s first day back at school online By Ellie Cambridge 5th September 2018, 8:30 am Updated: 5th September 2018, 8:56 am CHILDREN all across Britain headed back to school this week and proud parents have been sharing snaps of them on social media.
But security experts have warned against posting pictures of the youngsters online , in case they fall into the wrong hands. PA:Press Association As kids return to school this week proud parents shared pictures of their youngsters
Chuffed mums and dads share about 1.3billion images of their kids on social media each year.
Almost a third of those are posted on public profiles, which can be looked at by anyone.
Cybersecurity company McAfee said despite fears paedophiles could access images, 53 per cent of parents will still post about their children‘s first day back at school online.
Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and Fellow at McAfee, told the Metro : “Before proud parents share their children’s ‘first day’ photos on social media, they must consider the potential consequences of what they post. Alamy 2 A security company has warned parents against sharing pictures of their kids
“These sorts of images can be used to gather personal information such as school, location, a child’s full name, or even birth dates to paint a picture of who they are.”
The security company warns it is not just safety issues that should stop parents oversharing their family snaps.
Studies have shown young people feel worried and anxious when their mum and dad uploads private pictures of them online.
Mr Samani added: “Parents also need to think about the emotional risks as they build a ‘digital identity’ of their children online, often without their consent.” Tips on social media sharing for parents Sharenting can put your kids at risk online – follow this guide to stay safe… Master the privacy settings – Check who can see your posts and make sure they aren’t public. Find out how in our guide to Facebook privacy . On Instagram, consider setting your profile to private. Think twice before posting – Could this post prove embarrassing for my child when they’re older? Could this comment be taken out of context? If in doubt, don’t share. Talk to your child – When your child is old enough to grasp social media, ask if they are okay with you sharing a post or photo. Don’t share – One of the best ways to keep your child safe online is not to share photos and posts about them. Check online safety guides – The NSPCC , Internet Matters and Childnet all have social media protection resources for parents that you can consult. Kieran Hayler reveals he’s taking kids back to school as ex Katie Price continues holiday
He said parents need to ask the question “would my child feel embarrassed if this was shared?” and to think if it could lead to bullying.
Earlier this year we reported how parents who publish photos of their children on social media could unintentionally be handing material to paedophiles .
The harmless practice known as “sharenting” (a mix of sharing and parenting) refers to all the proud posts mum and dads share of their children on the likes of Facebook and Instagram, MPs heard in June.
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The organisation was among a panel of experts that highlighted the risks children are exposed to on social media to MPs on the Science and Technology Committee.
The warning comes as Victoria Beckham shared a comedy picture of daughter Harper wearing a mask of dad David on her way to school.
The six-year-old looked adorable in the get-up which was a hit with fans on her mum’s Instagram page.
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