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7 Photos You Should Never Post Of Your Child

Do you really know where your photos end up?

By The Weekly | March 17, 2017

Snapping and sharing pictures of our adorable kids is one of the highlights of motherhood, but some shots should still remain private for their safety.

Recently, mixed martial arts instructor Joshua Robinson – an American expatriate living in Singapore – was sentenced to a four-year jail term for sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls, making and possessing obscene films and one for showing an obscene film to a six-year-old girl. The police found and seized 321 films of child pornography when they raided his home, believed to be the largest haul of such material from an individual in Singapore.

A petition was started by Sarah Woon, a family friend of the six-year-old girl involved in the case, urging for a harsher sentence. It has since gathered over 29,000 signatures from supporters believing the ruling was too lenient.

While here on our shores, Richard Huckle, one of Britain’s worst paedophiles, posed as a missionary teacher in Malaysia. His secret activities?He targeted, groomed and abused Malaysian and Cambodian babies and children and share those horrific images on dark web. He was sentenced to multiple life sentences by a London court for abusing 23 babies and children.

With child predators now online, it’s wise to be careful about sharing information and pictures of your kid on social media.

Here are 7 photos you should avoid posting of your child, so they won’t be misused if they fall into the wrong hands.

This story first appeared online on The Singapore Women’s Weekly

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BATH TIME
If a photo shows your child completely or partially naked, it’s not a good idea to make it public. What seems cute to us – a baby toddler splashing about in the bath – may be for child pornographers or sexual predators.

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ON THE POTTY
Just as sharing bath photos isn’t appropriate, snaps of junior on the potty aren’t a good idea, either. They could also be embarrassing for your child when he or she has grown up.

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SCHOOL PHOTOS
Lots of parents post pictures of their kids in school uniform, but this could clue predators in on where your kids go to school. It’s even more sketchy if you post pictures of them with their school name tags, which bear their full names. Keep such photos private so you don’t unintentionally give important details to a stalker.

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PERSONAL DOCUMENTS
Never give out your child’s birth certificate or passport information online, as this confidential information can be used to find out multiple details about him or her, like medical and travel history. It can pinpoint your child’s whereabouts and habits, which can compromise his or her safety.

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GROUP PHOTOS
When posting pictures of other people’s kids, be sure to ask them permission first. Many parents prefer not to share photos of their kids online in case they get misused, and you should respect their privacy if this is what they choose to do.

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PHOTOS OF YOUR SICK OR INJURED KID
Documenting your kid’s illness or unfortunate broken arm is understandable, but you may not want to share this information online. For one, it could expose his vulnerability to potential kidnappers or stalkers, and there is also a growing trend of online scammers who save kids’ pictures and use them to start fake charity appeals online.

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UNSAFE ACTIVITIES
It seems cute and funny to share pictures of your kid holding a bottle of beer, or you pretending to hit them with a hammer. But taken out of context, these pictures can me misleading and cause misunderstandings. It’s best to be safe and not invite controversy by having others assume you may be mistreating or abusing your child.

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