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With back-to-school in full swing, safety experts and law enforcement are urging parents to be mindful of what they share in regards to a popular social media photo trend with kids – as it could make them easy targets for predators.
On Aug. 8, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office in Woodstock, Illinois, shared an image of Deputy Sherriff Tim Creighton exemplifying a common online theme in which parents post images of their children posing with a sign to celebrate the first day of a new school year.
The article goes on to state the following:
The two-snapshot Facebook post shows Creighton holding a poster titled, “My first day of school” with the left side sharing mock information such as name, age, grade, teacher and name of school in attendance. The right image has those personal details blurred out, suggesting that it’s unsafe to include it in a picture.
The post read, “This information…can all be used by predators, scammers, and other people looking to endanger your child, family, or finances. No matter your privacy settings or friends list, its best to keep personal information on the internet to the bare minimum.”
Creighton told Fox News that there are so many reasons why parents should not add these details to their children’s photos. He said, “Cyber security, internet passwords fraud, sex trafficking…there’s a lot.”
Donna Rice Hughes, president & CEO of Enough Is Enough, said, “Parents and grandparents are proud and excited and exuberant and are their kids and grandkids best cheerleaders. Sometimes they can, in that exuberance, share too much information online,” adding that parents should “not think as parents, but as predators.”
— Enough Is Enough (@EIETweets) August 28, 2021
— Paul Kent – America First! (@kentpg) September 9, 2021
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