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12th Aug 2018

Using these hashtags on social media can be extremely harmful to your child

Keeley Ryan

Birthdays, first tooth, first words and family vacations.

With the rise off social media, many mums and dads are increasingly less shy about giving the world a glimpse into their family life.

But it turns out there are some hashtags you should advise using the sharing those precious family moments online.

Child Rescue Coalition is trying to raise awareness of the dangers of ‘sharenting’ (sharing and parenting), as the images could be misused by predators.

The campaign, called Kids for Privacy, highlights more than 100 hashtags that they say could put their kids in danger.

The hashtags include #BathTime, #NakedKids and #ToiletTraining.

David Angelo – the founder and chairman of David&Goliath, the advertising agency that worked on the campaign with the non-profit organisation – told the Daily Mail:

“While parents are naively posting intimate photos and details about their kids on social media, they have no idea how easily these images can be screenshot and downloaded by predators and sex offenders, who can manipulate, misuse and repost them on other sites.”

The campaign urges parents to post photos of their children holding handwritten ‘Privacy Please’ signs, concealing their identity.

The non-profit also urged parents to ask themselves a number of questions before sharing their kids’ photos on social media.

The questions include:

“Why am I sharing this? Would I want someone else to share an image like this of me? Would I want this image of my child viewed and downloaded by predators on the Dark Web? Is this something I want to be part of my child’s digital life?”

It’s hoped that the campaign will raise awareness and remind parents that all children have the right to privacy.