Why you don’t want to share pics, locations or info of your young children on Social Media.
You’re a proud parent, you should be. You’ve got beautiful children and a beautiful family. I have to ask you a personal favor however: please be careful about sharing pictures, locations and information about your children online.
I’m sure, you’ve got your profile on lockdown with all privacy measures in place. And, you only accept friend requests from people you know. Surely, just sharing pics of your kids with your friends can’t do any harm.
Take this case for example (Access full document here)
“Christopher Madill had taken non-pornographic photos of a friend’s child that were posted on Facebook and used them on a foreign-based file-sharing website alongside unrelated pornographic images. The discovery of the Facebook photos depicting the prepubescent Arizona girl are what launched the investigation that led police to ultimately arrest Madill, 32, on allegations that he separately possessed child pornography.” – Garret Mitchell, – The Republic
I would love to say that this is an isolated incident. It isn’t.
My work gets into pretty dark places. The type of places that you don’t want to be in, the type of places that shouldn’t exist.
People are actively looking for children and it’s your job to protect your kids.
Need more proof?
How about an e-mail from a medical doctor in Germany who was planning on coming to Cleveland, Ohio to purchase a child.
This is an actual communication taken from a convicted sex trafficker in Cleveland, Ohio:
“Thank You for Your mail and the nice pic of [name redacted]. Tell her I’m as well looking forward to see her. Actually at now she still can tell certain wishes (up to a reasonable limit) what would she like as a present. I thought of bringing her something like soft toy (I was looking for a unicorn, what You told me she would like, but I sill did not find), but if she likes different I’m open for her ideas of course, for I want to see her smile. (But she should tell quickly for me time for buying is limited at now). Tell I am bringing coulored pencils, for she likes to paint and draw, and I like her to paint something for me during the time we have. Of course I do not want to spend the time by sitting in a restaurant for I want to be alone with her nearly all of the time. But I think she (and me) will be hungry at certain time and needed to have soft drinks or so. As I cannot go outside with her, perhaps it would be a good idea to buy take away on the way to the motel in the morning, so we stay in the room whole time. I was thinking about the question of sending a pic of me and I am hesitating for own safety reason. I will send You good description and will carry a pullover on the right arm, nobody else certainly will do; so recognizing will be very easy.
Thank You for today.
The above is the non-graphic example. I could easily scare you with the e-mail he sent about using sedatives, what he wanted to do to the child or how much he was willing to pay, but that wouldn’t protect your kid.
So here’s my advice:
Be a proud parent, or aunt, or uncle of family friend; but be very responsible and careful about what you post regarding the children in your life. Remember, kids have a right to privacy, just as much as adults do. The only difference is they can’t make the call about what you post.
Predators are out there, they are actively looking for children. Make sure they don’t have access to yours.