It might just be a picture of your child saying “cheese” in front of your home, but posting photos of your private property can make privileged information public. Street signs, house numbers, and apartment addresses might seem like harmless background scenery, but once you post that picture, it could get around, making your child vulnerable to identity theft, digital kidnapping, where strangers lift the images and pretend the children are their own, or even actual kidnapping. (Check out the story of a heroic 15-year-old who stopped a kidnapping in its tracks.)
Your kid is holding up a hand-written sign on her birthday that says “I’m 6 today” in adorable letters. No big deal, right? Actually, giving away information such as your child’s birth date or place of birth and full name isn’t ideal, as those identifiers are used to reference many private accounts. You might think that a well-taken passport photo really capture your kiddo’s smile and baby curls, or be so filled with exuberance that your new driver passed the road test that you snap a congratulatory photo of his or her license. Before you post to social, take a step back and think of the information you’re giving away.