Deseret Morning News | Mom blogs — Does posting photos online jeopardize your family?
I read this article this morning and it really struck a chord. My wife and I have talked a number of times about our blog and the blogs of our friends. We started this blog a little over three years ago to document our wedding plans and share them with our family. It has grown to a fun family website and scrapbook. But recently I read a post on another blog and saw their pictures of the family and it started my wife and talking about the safety of blogs. If you have ever gone to the Utah Sex Offender Registry, you will see there a number of registered sex offenders in our area. In addition there are cyber-predators all around looking to steal your information and identity. Our blogs provide a lot of information to these people. Often our address, school names, photos of family and children.
About a year ago a new accounts representative at a local bank helped a new customer. She was very friendly and started a great conversation with the customer. The new accounts representative told the customer about her family, where they lived, what school her daughter attended and her teacher's name, etc. Well, two weeks later she gets a call from a stranger saying they had kidnapped her daughter and wanted $1 Million dollars to return her. They said they had gone to their school, to "so-in-so's" class room and picked her up. The information was spot on, because they were that new customer she had helped weeks earlier. Fortunately all was well and the child was safe, but a friendly conversation was turned into a horrible situation.
This same information is on our BLOGS! Along with photos of our children. Now I am not trying to scare us from blogging, just the opposite. Instead I want us to just be a little careful. Maybe I won't post that picture of my son running naked through the back yard (so a child molester doesn't see him) or talk about my specific address (so he can't find him). Still I think blogging is great and fun. I love keeping in touch with those around me. Just from now on, I will be a little more careful about what I post.