Leading Perth Based Cyber Safety Expert Urges Parents to Consider The Risks Before Posting Their Kids Online
While most parents use technology and social media, many are oblivious to how their own online actions, including loading photographs of their kids on Facebook and Instagram, can affect the safety of their children. Robyn Rishani, Leading Cyber Safety Expert educates parents and school students about thinking smarter on the Internet.
Robyn Rishani, one of Australia’s leading Cyber Safety and Cyber Bullying Experts, and the creator and Founder of www.yourkidsonline.com.au said that a lot of parents are quite active on social media but are often unaware that possibly millions of unwanted people can see what they post.
“Many parents don’t realise that posting half-naked pictures of under-age children online can potentially get into the hands of paedophiles,” Ms Rishani said.
“The thing with social media is that even when settings are private, photos can still be shared, and once shared they are essentially a free-for-all!” she said
“Paedophiles scour the internet looking for pictures of tweens, teens and children that they can snatch and use for their own pleasure, and then share those pictures with their network.”
Ms Rishani said parents can follow some simple guidelines before posting pictures of their kids online.
- Think before you post: Before you post a picture of your child, look closely to see if anything could be used by a paedophile or their network
- Look at your friends list on social media: Think about who is on your friends list or who your followers are. Do you know and trust them all?
- Digital footprint: As an adult, you have had the opportunity to create your own digital footprint. Try and limit the pictures you post of your children to give them a chance to create their own future digital footprint, without your interference.
- Tagging: Don’t tag your child’s name in any photos that you post.
- Location Services: When taking photos with your phone, make sure location services is switched off to disable the geo tagging meta-data that pin points the exact location of where the photo was taken.
For more information about Ms Rishani’s Cyber Safety & Awareness Seminars for schools and parents visit www.yourkidsonline.com.au
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