Gardaí are urging parents to be cybersafe when sharing back-to-school snaps

Gardaí urge parents to take steps to protect themselves and their children when sharing school photos online.

As schools across the country reopen this week, many proud loved ones will be uploading and posting photos of children in uniform,” a Garda spokesman said.

“Our Cyber ​​Crime Bureau has some useful guidance so we can all #BeCyberSmart and protect their safety online.”

If sharing a picture of their child in a school uniform or sports gear, parents should “blur the school or team logo,” according to the Gardaí.

They should also redact “other identifiable information” on books or bags.

When taking photos outside of their home, parents should remove “your door number” from the picture.

Meanwhile, adults have also been advised to “turn off location data on your phone”.

The Garda National Cyber ​​Crime Bureau has a cybersecurity guide for parents on its website.

The results of a recent survey found that almost nine in ten Irish parents are concerned about the content their child may be seeing online and half are concerned about a lack of control over their internet use.

To mark the launch of its new digital protection product, Secure Net, Vodafone Ireland conducted a survey of public concerns and behavior regarding online security.

It found that many of us aren’t as comfortable online as we’d like, with two-thirds (66 percent) admitting they’re concerned about our online safety and not feeling confident about how we feel can protect.

It was also found that 88 percent of parents are concerned about their children online.

According to a study of 750 parents of children between the ages of four and 14, around 69 percent of children use connected devices every day, and almost two-thirds (62 percent) are online for one to three hours a day. Gardaí are urging parents to be cybersafe when sharing back-to-school snaps

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