Parents should carefully upload their childrens photos

On vacation, parents frequently capture the most stunning images of their kids, which they are more than happy to post on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. When posting their childrens photos online, parents should be aware of potential risks, such as the misuse of the images by uninvited parties, according to researchers and investigators.

The joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the two public broadcasters ARD and ZDF, and the AOK health insurance fund warned that parents frequently fail to consider the possibility that the pictures could easily end up in the wrong hands. According to media trainer Kristin Langer, once the recordings are posted online, they can spread quickly.

Therefore, the expert advises against sharing images and videos in which the child is clearly visible. In general, only secure online spaces that are inaccessible to strangers should be used to publish children’s photos. Sharing images and videos of kids in bathing suits or other intimate settings ought to be completely avoided.

Danger from pedosexuals

“Pedosexuals specifically search the Internet for images of minors, not only those that include teenagers in skimpy clothing on the beach. They are also interested in pictures of other vacation activities like climbing, eating ice cream, or creating sandcastles. Such commonplace images are exchanged with representations of sexual abuse on unlawful networks.

According to Blanchard, a paedophile is a person who has a consistent sexual inclination for children, namely those who are younger than 13 years old.

There are some paedophiles who do not prey on children (or vice versa). Blanchard maintains that paedophiles are defined by their wants, whereas child molesters are defined by the crimes that they commit against children. Some people who are sexually attracted to children go their entire lives without having sexual contact with any child. However, it is unclear how widespread that problem is.

If parents do post photos of their kids online, the kids shouldn’t be easily recognisable in the images; instead, they should only be partially visible or wearing sunglasses, for example. It is important to make sure that the location is disabled before uploading photos using a smartphone. Otherwise, other users might be able to determine where the photo was shot.