5 rules to safely post junior’s photos online

Uploading images online leaves your loved ones open to misconduct, including from paedophiles. Keep your kids safe with our advice!

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In this age of social media, it’s so easy to want to share a gazillion pictures and videos of your adorable mini-me with mummy pals and relatives. It’s convenient, it’s free and, hey, everyone’s doing it.

One great perk of social media is being able to connect with friends the world over and updating them on your parenting adventures. Notes Sharon Tan, mum to Jaelia, 6 months, and Kaelia, 2, “We don’t meet up often with most of our [friends] because of work and stuff, which is why I post photos of my kids... To update them on how much they have grown.”

However, what’s troubling is that those cute photos of your sweetie might pique the interest of paedophiles. After all, child predators are often tech-savvy sickos who use the anonymity of the Internet to their advantage, trawling it for their next victim.

 

“Predators can sometimes pretend to be family members picking up children from childcare centres or befriend the children with the aim of luring them away.”

 

Chong Ee Jay, a Media Literacy Council member, explains that a paedophile’s pursuit of child pornography and stalking are signs of a severe addiction. Seeking such material is how they “act out” their darkest fantasies.

Chong, a Touch Community Services manager, lists what child predators pay attention to in those photos of your tot:

Focuses on your kid’s looks and appearance

-  Looks at how your kewpie is dressed, especially if she or he is scantily-clad or worse, nude, for instance, if she or he is posing in fun bathing shots or while swimming.

-  Favourite hangout spots Places where you and your preschooler tend to frequent, such as oft-visited playgrounds or their childcare centre.

-  Your little one’s favourite food and drinks.

-  Noting the names of relatives and friends who are seen repeatedly or tagged in the photos.

He will use such information to groom your child and often downloads and stores these pictures on their computers as well.

Chong adds, “Predators can sometimes pretend to be family members picking up children from childcare centres or befriend the children with the aim of luring them away.” That’s why it’s crucial that you teach your preschooler about stranger danger.


Learn which rules to follow…next!