Warning to parents over sharing images of kids on social media platforms. My team & I are seeing a drastic increase in this area. It’s time you stop making it easy for predators to steal your kids pictures.
Unless it’s absolutely necessary, make your account private. Saying that, I also understand there are businesses & influences who need public pages. My posts are advising you only. You make your own decision on your kids safety.
Do you know where your kid’s image is? Pedophiles sharing photos from parents’ social media accounts is on the rise & many end up in the DarkWeb.
Paedophiles are re-posting innocuous photos of kids lifted from their parents’ public social media accounts, a perverse phenomenon highlighting the darker side of “sharenting,” which all eventually end up on the DarkWeb.
Pictures of kids doing perfectly normal things — a picture of your kids at a gymnastics event, a young kid playing with a his favourite toy— have been stolen & implanted on child sexual abuse imagery sites, paedophile photo-sharing galleries & highly sexualized “child modeling” websites as often seen & found by our team in East Europe or Russia.
There are other instances, of kids images grabbed from Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram & other social media accounts being manipulated & photo-shopped, so that the head of the kid is pasted onto another kid’s naked body.
Other photos are ending up on “child model” sites that test the thin line between legal & illegal content. The sites typically feature kids partially clothed in adult lingerie, or in highly sexualized poses.
I’m not trying to silence you parents. But you need to be aware of what exactly is happening & could very well happen to pictures of your kids.
I encourage parents to not post pictures that show your kids in any state of undress, including infants. In this digital world we live in, you must be cautious of what pictures you post.
It’s basically sex trafficking, that is just being done with images, not real bodies. It’s all about getting you to regularly think about what you’re posting before you press the post button.