New #KidsForPrivacy Campaign by the Child Rescue Coalition Aims to Protect Children against Online Predators

For parents, sharing photos of their children online is fairly common practice, with most parents reportedly posting more than 1,500 photos of their child before they reach the age of 5. This could however be a costly misstep that could have drastic ramifications for the child in question, maybe even placing them in view of a potential predator or paedophile.

This is the warning being given by the Child Rescue Coalition (CRC), who recently launched the #KidsForPrivacy campaign in an effort to educate parents about the dangers of oversharing on social media platforms. The non-profit organisation partnered with creative agency David&Goliath to create the campaign, in which they and their followers will take over all hashtags deemed to overexpose kids online, flooding them with images of children not in compromising scenarios, but instead holdings signs bearing the clear and simple demand of “Privacy Please”. The campaign will run throughout the entirety of April.

The CRC is also asking parents to go beyond a one-off hashtag campaign and also take some time to think about how they approach online sharing. They urge parents to ask themselves four simple questions before they share an image of their child online:
  • Why am I sharing this?
  • Would I want someone else to share an image like this of me?
  • Would I want this image of my child viewed and downloaded by predators on the Dark Web?
  • Is this something I want to be part of my child’s digital life?
“Once you’ve posted your child’s photo, you can’t have total control over it,” the CRC warns, “so think twice about sharing something that may seem cute or innocent. Together, we can bring safety to our children and other victims of child sexual abuse around the world.”

Further information about the campaign and the hashtags to be included can be found in the promotional video below, as well as the campaign’s official website. You can also follow the campaign on Instagram (@KidsForPrivacy), Twitter (@ChildRescueCo), or get involved using the hashtags #KidsForPrivacy and #PrivacyPlease.

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