Police on Wednesday urged parents to think twice before posting photos of their children on social media as their images may be altered digitally by predators and used as child porn material.
Through its Facebook account, police posted a screenshot of a photo of a young boy playing in the sea posted by his mother on her Facebook account and underneath, they wrote “Loucas Peeping Tom likes this” in a similar manner to the way the social media forum informs its users when someone likes their posts.
“Each of us is free to display photographs of their personal or family moments on social media,” police commented, but “as parents we must be concerned by posting photos of our underage children online”.
The practice can be dangerous, the police warned, as cases investigated by the police office against cyber crime have uncovered paedophile files of images of children who are either dressed in light clothing or naked on the beach or in the bathroom.
“Therefore, every internet user must be aware that by posting them online, photos live almost forever and anyone can see them, copy them, and store them in their files,” police said.
Police added that these pictures can be altered, so that there is risk involved in even posting totally innocent photos of children online.