Do you know that kidnappers can locate the school of your kids just by looking at the school's badge on their school uniforms?
Many parents are still left stranded with child missing cases that have been on the rise every day. Even as you cry and seek the support from government and other stakeholders, have you ever wondered if you might have done something to deliver your child to the hands of the abductors?
Just this month, most parents have taken snaps of their kids as they started the first day of their various classes this year.
The pics are so cute, and it’s tempting to share them far and wide. As a proud parent you want to show off your family, but unfortunately, are you aware of the dangers of posting their photos online?
Some even post pictures of their children in school uniforms. Have you ever considered the dangers of doing this?
Do you know that kidnappers can locate the school of your kids just by looking at the school’s badge on their school uniforms?
Photos showing your child wearing their school uniform can potentially attract predators who can identify the school your child is attending, simply by looking at the photo.
With knowledge of the school, they can easily look up information on the school’s business hours, transport options, teachers and so on the internet. And gauge your socio-economic status.
Anyone with criminal intent has access to all this – and they know exactly what you and your child look like. You just put your kid(s) in danger due to ignorance.
We all are aware that a photo contains masses of information that can be used by anyone with access to the image.
This includes elements such as personal information, race, age group, gender, location information, indications of preferences, potential health information, and more.
Additionally, the image of your child’s face can be used for facial recognition, and location, either by visual information or geotagging. Yes, this is what most abductors use to locate your child. Just like that, they know where to get them.
At least 242 children aged 18 and below were reported missing between January and December 2020, the report by Missing Child Kenya said — 125 girls and 117 boys. Some of them were found and reunited with their families, while others were taken to government shelters. A few were found dead while others are still missing.
This trend did not reduce in the rival dark year 2021, which had countless stories of kidnapping child victims grabbing national headlines.
As a parent, you should be very careful, take the privacy of your child seriously. Think before you post.