Australian Federal Police warn parents to think twice about sharing photos back to school online

Australian Federal Police (AFP) Warn parents not to share new semester photos publicly Children’s on social media without using secure privacy settings

AFP commander Hilda Silek said new-semester photos showing children’s names and locations could be used by child sex offenders to care for their children.

“First day of school is an important milestone for parents and caregivers and a happy memory for many families,” says Sirec. “Parents and caregivers can continue to take these amazing happy snapshots and post them online.”

“However, we recommend that anyone sharing these images make sure they use secure privacy settings on social media and only share them with trusted people they know.”

AFP can help identify where your child goes to school and encourage parents and caregivers to keep their personal information, such as their full name and age, private, so take pictures of your child in uniform. I advise not to display it.

“Don’t walk to strangers, give them photo albums of children, and tell them their names and locations,” says Sirec.

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On October 25, 2021, when students in grades 2-11 return to Fairval High School in Sydney, Australia, the “Welcome Back to School” banner hangs on the fence. (AAPImage / Bianca De Marchi)

Sirec warned that online grooming for many criminals often begins with information shared online by parents and caregivers.

“The more information available online about a child, the easier it is for criminals to create profiles and care for their children to access information about their children. “She said.

One of the tools Groomer uses is to use the information available to build trust with family and students.

“They can start engaging with their kids on social media applications, and even parents and caregivers basically say,’Yeah, my little son Johnny goes to the same school,'” Sirec said. Said Seven sunrise program.

AFP also advises not to share new school year photos of children posing in front of homes where house numbers and street names are easily identifiable, and photo locations for social media posts. I strongly advise you not to check in.

research According to the Australian Center for Child Exploitation Control (ACCCE) in 2020, only 3% of parents are worried about online grooming.

More than half of the participants did not know what they could do to keep their children safe from sexual exploitation of children online.

Sexual exploitation of children online ACCCE Or call the crime stopper at 1800 33 3000.

Rebecca Chu


Rebecca Zhu is an Australian reporter based in Sydney. She focuses on Australia’s economy, property and education. Contact her at [email protected]