August 19, 2021

Think Twice before sharing those Back-To-School Pictures

Are Parents Unintentionally
Putting their Children at Risk?

Parents everywhere are gearing up to send their children back to school. Many parents may post those cute "First Day" photos/videos on social media.

But when parents inadvertently share too much information -- even a single photo with personally identifiable info -- it can be used by a sexual predator or trafficker to track and harm that vulnerable child or teen.

Listen as Enough Is Enough®'s President, Donna Rice Hughes, addresses this concern and safety information on FOX News West Texas:

Highlights include:

  • Predators Prey where Children Play
  • During Covid, reports of online enticement of children increased by 97%
  • 40% of kids in grades 4-8 are communicating with strangers online regularly
  • Parents are the first line of defense to protect children online and must ALWAYS implement both common sense measures -- "rules" and technical "tools" -- on EVERY internet-enabled device and online platform. Download your copy of "Rules 'N Tools".

Do not share identifying details about a child when you post on social media, including:

  1. Age or birthdate
  2. Address (either written out or easily identifiable in a photo)
  3. Name/Location of School/Teachers (this includes clothing showing school name) 
  4. Sports/hobbies that point to locations where your child spends time
  5. Location sharing/"Check-In's"
  6. Child's e-mail or phone number
  7. School uniforms
Also, be sure to set social profiles to "private" or "friends" mode only.


Progress is made as pressure from child safety advocates including Enough Is Enough® and its partners in the movement, lawmakers and parents pays off! 

Apple, TikTok and Instagram recently recently announced new safety measures and privacy controls. Each represents a big win, but as long as children and teens continue to be exploited on social media platforms, there's much work to be done!
Apple to Scan iPhone for Child Sex Abuse Photos
Apple said it will begin testing a new system to automatically match photos on iPhones and uploaded iCloud accounts to a database of child sexual abuse images and alert authorities as needed..
TikTok to Add Privacy Protections
TikTok said it will stop sending 13- to 15-year-olds push notifications after 9 p.m. and to 16- and 17-year-olds after 10 p.m. Teens under 18 will now have direct messaging disabled by default; users younger than 16 years old will not have any access to direct messaging.
Instagram Unveils New Safety Settings for Kids Under 16
When kids under 16 join Instagram, their accounts will be made private automatically. Posts will only be visible to people they allow to follow them. Despite this long overdue change, plans for an under-13 Instagram app are still in progress. Sign EIE's petition demanding these plans be dropped!
Let's keep these victories coming! Please send your most generous gift today to help this momentum continue!