10 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Sharing
The world is a dangerous place, it is riddled with natural and unnatural dangers. As parents its our jobs to keep our children safe from harm, we do this unconsciously daily. We monitor the food they eat, who they play with, where they are 24 hours of the day and with modern advances we use GPS locators on their cell phones. Did you that some modern advances in technology and conveniences may be putting you and your family in danger? This isn’t a first thought when you take a selfie, a family vacation picture or even a video of your toddlers first steps. There are ways you can ensure your family is protected from these little yet big revealing factors.
*Please note this is post is not targeted to STOP you from taking photos, it is only meant to help you and your family stay safe*
Take a moment to think back to every picture you’ve taken, you can even pull up your gallery on your phone, computer or camera. As your browsing take a look at your background, does your background have address numbers or obvious landmarks. What you may not know is that your background is revealing more then you think it is in every picture you take. If you regularly post photos in these locations anyone who studies your photos can predict your lifestyle pattern. Watch whats in your background mom’s!
2.) App’s Location
If you didn’t know most apps on your phone now have automatic location indicators. When you upload a picture or post anything online your location will be automatically added to your post/picture. You can turn off this feature with a few taps or clicks, visit the settings mode on your apps and then slide or click to turn off.
3.) Take Pictures Then Post Later
As a weary parent of these types of dangers I usually take pictures and then upload later. Most times when I am doing a coupon haul with the kids, I will snap a picture of our haul in the store. I wait to upload these until I get home, I do this because its possible for someone to notice your background or maybe you gave your location when posting saying “Scored at Kmart!”. This gives you added security where you are able to share your picture which can include a background without running the risk of you encountering a stranger in the store.
4.) How Do I Look?
Going through your gallery do you see any not so friendly photos? When posting photos online be weary of how you are being viewed. There was a uproar with a woman who was fired over her facebook posts, and another of a teen mom who was found breastfeeding a smoking. Something as small as a picture can affect your job or loved ones.
5.) Your Business
As children we are always taught to mind our own business and to not meddle in others affairs. Lately technology has made it easy for people to share their status, photos, events, and so much more. It’s important to be mindful of what you share and that you aren’t rushing to post something out emotions or convenience. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people post things out of anger only to run back and delete it. The damage was already done and their image is now affected.
Photo Credit: Rihan
6.) Monitor Your Children
My children have their own personal Kurio tablets, they are basically android tablets for kids. They have access to the internet but I block off unwanted sites and app’s that they can download. If you have an adventurous child you may want to set up those parental blocks. There have been way to many reports on the news about young children who post up questionable photos and status’s. This can be very dangerous, your child’s photos, status’s and locations can lead predators to your doorstep or your location. Monitor and talk to your children about safety as often as you can.
7.) Trading Sites
Be careful who you deal with online, trading sites have become helpful to many people looking to rid their homes of unneeded goods. Just recently a woman went to pick up some baby clothes but was tragically murdered for her infant. Its safe to say learning to investigate and find ways to do safe trades is the best way to go. Finding a public meeting place for trades or even asking them to ship to a PO Box can save you or your families life.
8.) Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
We live in a world where we feel safe enough to drive on opposite sides of the road, one car is coming your way while you are going another. When I first learned to drive I immediately turned to my father and asked “how do we know they wont hit us?” his response was ” You have to just trust them and keep going, you can’t stop just because your afraid”. Keeping that in mind we pass by people on a daily basis, in the store, at work, at the park, on the sidewalk. We immediately trust people enough to not hurt us or our loved ones while we are doing our daily activities. Being aware of your surrounds can not only save your life but your child’s life, look around you while you are walking with your children. Be aware of people who stare at you for to long or seem to be following you. If you see them in more then 1 place become more cautious of what they are doing and what you are doing with your children.
Keep your eyes open.
9.) Don’t Pick Up Strange Numbers
We all know the number 1 rule in the house when your little, never open the door for strangers and never pick up the phone when you see a strange number. Teaching your family to be cautious of strange numbers is top priority, if someone is able to confirm you are living in the residents they can find all sorts of information about you. There have been numerous reports of scams that pose as debt collectors or prize companies. They will offer you a prize in return for your information, this could be something as simple as an email address or asking your to confirm your address and phone number.
Don’t fall for these scams and dangerous phone calls! If you feel that the phone call is legit, ask them to provide a website link and phone number so that you can call them back. Give yourself time to research what is being presented to you.
10.) Conversations in Public
If your children are like any other child they are possibly very open and chatty in public. For example, if you are in the store and plan on going to the gas station next to fill up your tank, your 5 year old may ask if they can get a snack there revealing your next location. Another example is when you are at a pharmacy and then plan on going grocery shopping at Target, your 8 year old may ask if they can play in the toy isle. This in many ways is sharing more then you would like about your days schedule and your new locations.
Like many adults in public when we get together we chat about our lives and catchup with old friends. Be careful about what information you share in public as it may be used against you. Keep locations of your work place, home, where your kids go to school or where you plan on going in the future.
I hope all of these tips were able to help you keep your family safe the way it helps mine. As I have stated before these are only suggestions and are not meant for anyone to become a hobbit and stay inside the house all day long. This post is only meant to help those who are seeking more advice on how to look at their daily routines differently to help keep the and their families safe from danger.