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Safety first when posting back to school pic on social media: RCMP

Parents are being advised to be mindful of the images of their children that they post to social media, especially as the new school year begins on Thursday.

Saskatchewan RCMP say those trendy photos of children holding chalkboard-style back-to-school signs may be perfect for the family photo book, but there are some things that parents and caregivers may want to think carefully about before sharing publicly.

Officers advise parents to consider whether they are comfortable with strangers knowing their child’s name and age, where they go to school and what their favourite things are.

Also, consider where the picture is being taken as a photo on your front step could potentially identify where you live. A snapshot in front of the school’s sign shows where your child is enrolled – and likely to be every day.

For parents that can’t resist sharing that first-day-at-school photo, officers suggest limiting personal information and be mindful of the background. As well, review and update the privacy settings on your social media accounts.

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