The most important thing in any parent’s life is the safety of their children. In 2018, where technology is more advanced than ever before, this is not so simple.

Whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or any of the many social media site people love to use today, you will see pictures of children. Parents, grandparents, uncle, aunts, and even your friends probably love to post adorable pictures of their children.

Unfortunately, they’re unaware of the potential negative consequences.

No one likes to think about those obscene members of society that prey on children, but they exist. They also love to use the Internet to get away with what they do.

Before you share any pictures of your children, or even young loved ones, on social media, check out this guide to protect them from online predators.

Listen to the Experts

Erin Cash is an amazing woman who’s spent her life rescuing children from the clutches of online predators. She is a real life hero. Now, she’s sharing vital advice to parents about how to protect their children from what she’s seen far too often.

For twelve years, she worked on the Queensland Police force, catching these criminals and sending them to jail. She was a part of a pedophile task force, where she often went undercover to save these children. She is a professional detective, and even now, works in self-defense to prevent these crimes.

Recently, she’s written a blog post to share with every parent in the world, stating, “Posting seemingly innocent photos of your child or teen has a sinister outcome that you may never have considered.”

Don’t forget to make a note of the important tips she has to share.

How to Avoid Online Predators

Erin Cash has seen firsthand what these predators are looking for, and she wants to help you avoid unknowingly giving it to them. It’s not as obvious as it seems.

The scariest part of what these predators do is their use of Photoshop. They do not need anything exposed in a picture to exploit it and sell it. Here’s the information Erin wants you to know:

  • This sounds obvious, but avoid any state of undress, even if you’ve added cute stickers to it.
  • Is your profile public? Check your security settings and make it as private as possible.
  • Be careful with posed photos, as these are highly sought after.
  • Is there room in the picture to Photoshop other things in? Predators are looking for this possibility.
  • Swimwear and underwear photos are especially valuable, and should be avoided at all costs.

These are the things you have control over, but there’s one more suggestion to take. This former detective has seen predators taking photos of children in public, to use online. Erin urges parents to always remain vigilant.

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