Sharing photos of kids seems to be pretty common on social media sites. It’s fun to post videos and pictures of special events of your kids with family and friends. Social media makes it so easy and quick. You can reach out to dozens or even hundreds and thousands of people at once to share your happy memory.
However, many share these photos innocently, not realizing there are dangers attached. Child predators are also on social media sites, viewing posts of kids, looking for an opportunity to make their next move. They often use photos of children in a twisted way.
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If you’re in a high-profile position, the risks are higher but everyone should be on guard when posting photos of children. There are ways to avoid making mistakes. The key is to be cautious.
Print or encrypt photos
If you want to avoid all risks associated with posting kids photos online, the safest thing you can do is to print photos.
Aside from that, your next secure option is to use end-to-end encrypted messaging apps. Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp, or Signal can send photos to an individual or a group and you can do it right from your phone. There’s even a disappearing messages feature that’ll delete photos either after they’ve been viewed or after a certain amount of time.
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