Some parents worry me. Really, really worry me.
I’ve seen blogs and public Facebook and Instagram accounts that have allowed me, with minimal effort, to figure out where a person lives, how many kids they have and the gender and age of the kids.
I’m not a trained sleuth and yet I now know from casual browsing some of these childrens’ favorite foods, activities and TV shows. I know whether or not they’re home alone sometimes. I even know the first and last names of some kids.
As proud parents, we love to share photos of our offspring, their accomplishments, the cute and funny things they do. And the electronic age, with all its nifty devices, makes it super easy to do so without giving much thought to the possible consequences.
Fortunately, most people are good. Most people are too busy with their lives to do more than quickly browse through the information they come across on the internet.
But most people aren’t the ones parents need to protect their children from. There are some terrifyingly evil people among us. Sexual predators, pedophiles, who prey on children. Maybe your children.
Seeing this image got me thinking about writing this post.
Privacy and anonymity, online and otherwise, should be carefully guarded like the precious commodity it is.
Please give some serious thought about what you reveal online about your family, especially your children, and who you allow to have access to it.
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