• Be Cautious About Revealing Information About Your Child

    12 Jan 2017 | Blog | InTheSky

  • Our social media networks have been go-to for updated news. It’s not just news that we turn to; We’re flooded with posts by our friends that reveal their day lives, children, milestones and more. In fact, about 92% of children have had an online presence even before they turned two years of age.

    With such an alarming number, is it safe to post information about your kids?

    Considerations to Safety

    Updates are innocent on its own, but predators can phish for information such as name, age, location, birthday, likes, and dislikes. How is this troubling?

    Mobile apps make it possible for biographical information to piece information together. With a simple scan of their photo, personal details can be shared and revealed publicly.

    Okay, this doesn’t sound too bad, but imagine if that information is revealed to the wrong hands? What will you do?

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    Privacy Concerns of the Future

    With all the information shared via social networks, that data will carry over to them. So, when it’s time for them to create an identity for themselves, savvy hackers can piece together the information they need. It’s an alarming trick that invades the privacy of people, and it’s definitely something you want to avoid altogether.

    Thinking Before Posting

    When you want to share updates, think about what you’re revealing. Often, they’re innocent but are they sensitive information? Some things you can do to protect yourself:

    • Take advantage of your privacy settings. Set it for only friends and family to see.
    • Avoid geo-functionality on photos.
    • Limit your posts and filter them if need be.