Online cellphone photos pose risk to kids' safety
You could be letting strangers know your family’s home, school and work locations.
If you’re a parent who posts cellphone photos of your kids online, you’ll want to read this. You may be putting your child’s safety at risk.
With the click of a mouse, online hackers can search photos of your family posted all over the web on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Photobucket, reports NBCActionNews. New technology and location services, like GPS, makes it easy to track down a person even from a simple email, and pinpoint their location and places they frequent. It’s like giving a stranger access to your kid’s school, local playground or afterschool activities. Hackers can even map out where a child’s bedroom is within a home. Scary stuff.
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One social-media savvy mom, Gina Cohen, weighed in on this frightening news.
“I am always very concerned about the privacy of the photos I take of my kids - I check to be sure my Facebook settings are set to 'friends only' so that nobody else can see what I'm posting, so when I saw this video it really scared me,” said Cohen.
She checked her phone and found that location services were defaulted to “off” for her camera.
But then found out this week that when responding to Facebook messages from her phone, her exact location is accessible via the “location” icon.
“That was hugely troubling as well,” said Cohen. “It makes me very leery about posting anything remotely personal anymore.”
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Office Mark Chudik of Leawood Police in Leawood, Kan. called this hidden threat, “today’s biggest risk online – it’s probably going to be No. 1 for a while.”
Next time you’re inclined to capture your kid’s moment of cuteness, be sure to turn off your GPS settings. You never know who may be watching online.
Tell us: Will you think twice before you post cellphone photos of your kids online?
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The only cute kid pictures I post are of the back of the head.
I have a profile pic of a dog and no personal information not even an email, I can't figure out why people are so free and easy with their children, but when there are children having children and don't have the mentality for being a responsible parent then I guess thats one reason child abuse and molestation is on the rise.
Why do people feel the need to tell everyone what they and their kids are doing every second of the day? If you want to communicate and send pictures to your friends and relatives...have a little sense and use email.
Facebook seems to be just a place where idiots who want to brag about the life they're trying to pretend to have go to brag to strangers. In the process, they send pictures of their own children to every pedophile in a 50 mile radius because the safety of their children is secondary to their need to exhibit their lives.
I have never used FB or Twitter, etc...I enjoy my privacy and the people that I care about know what they need to know about me. Personally, I don't really give a rat's butt about what strangers are doing and don't want to read about it.