Sometimes, in your excitement, you end up posting photos of your kids with this info … Parents should be careful posting photos of their children with their full names shown. Such information can be used by identity thieves or by some really nasty people to abduct children.
2. Photos Showing Children’s Full Names. You might say, “Duh, this is common sense.” There is no argument regarding that … However, some parents still do make this mistake in their haste and excitement to share photos of their kid’s accomplishments in school. Common sense is usually overcome by all the excitement and emotions.
Whether it be awards, report cards, certificates, sports jerseys, or that simple name tag in an event, just be reminded to pay a close attention to these when posting anything related to school photos.
According to Brian Gresko, a parent who has stopped writing about his parenting life as a result of a life changing over sharenting incident:
“There are online stalkers as well, creeps who steal photos of children on Instagram and engage in virtual role playing, pretending that the children are their own. While this might not cause physical harm to you or your child, it is a violation — a sort of identity theft.”
Yes, child identity theft is serious matter. With the advent of social media and the widespread access to digital information, child identity theft has been rising over the years.
Make sure to keep information about your child as private as possible. It will save you the trouble of having to deal with identity theft in the future.
Lastly, you might like to check with your child about this last type of photo … see next page.