Since it’s usually months or years after a movie leaves the theatre before I see it, I am not surprised that the following clip just came to my attention yesterday. However, the information is relevant, and even though I use a smartphone, I was unaware of the dangers of enabling my camera location. This is particularly relevant to those of us with children in our lives, whether they’re ours by blood or by heart.
Take a few minutes to watch the NBCAction News Report from November 9, 2010.
Parents, think about your online activity. This is a footprint you can never erase.
- Think twice about the pictures you’re posting.
- When you tag a location, ask yourself “why?”
- Are you regularly “checking in” to the same places?
- Would it be easy to surmise your normal hangouts?
- What about your child’s school?
- Kids’ recreational activities?
- Who really needs to know your whereabouts?
- When you’re planning a trip, are you posting updates and travel plans?
- While you’re gone, do you upload pictures telling everyone you’re not at home?
- Do you actively monitor your child’s usage of social media?
- Is your (seemingly benign) use of social media exploiting your children and compromising your family’s safety?
Let’s lead by example, and get offline more often. If you want your friends to know where you are, call them on your cell phone to have an actual conversation, and invite them to join you in real life.
When it comes to the kids in my life, I try to remember the wise counsel of Rentro, the security guard bear in Muppets From Space, when he advised: “Safety first, sir. Safety first.”
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