You have also likely seen a lot of photos with kids holding chalkboard signs that show:
- The school they’re attending
- Teacher’s name
- Favorite activities
But officials warn this can be dangerous. So, a sheriff’s office in Woodstock, Illinois, started a campaign called “Think Before You Share.”
The campaign warns parents that the popular back-to-school photos could be used by predators, scammers, and other people looking to endanger your child, family, or finances. The sheriff’s office said it doesn’t matter if your privacy settings are set to share with your friends only.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said families should also avoid sharing overly personal information, like words or phrases related to your passwords or security answers. Additionally, details about your kid’s favorite things (colors, TV shows, etc.) could be used as an “in” by predators pretending they know a child.
While you might want to share out all the exciting details, the sheriff’s office suggests thinking about how anything you add to photos of your kids could be used by bad actors.
It’s also important for families to be aware of how and when children are most likely to be abducted or fall prey to child predators.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children explains that attempted abductions happen more often when children go to or from school. School-age children are more likely to experience an attempted abduction on school days from 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.