Keeping posted pictures of children out of the wrong hands

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "It's great to be able to go online and see pictures of your relatives, but who else sees them," said Jonesboro Police Department's Detective Ernest Ward.

It's a risk that someone you don't know or trust could see pictures of your family.

"You take the risk on that photo being used for something other than what you intended for it to be used for," said Detective Ward.

A Research Now study shows 92 percent of U.S. children have some type of online presence by the time they're two years old.

Detective Ward says that number could be higher depending on accessibility of the Internet.

"I think people are putting way too much information," said Detective Ward.

It's information Detective Ward says that could potentially fall into the wrong hands--even if you think your pictures and settings are private.

"Someone may be your friend and you trust them looking at your child's picture but who's going to get your child's picture from their computer," said Detective Ward.

"I think anyone who posts anything on the web should always consider who might have access to it," said Dr. Phil Hestand.

Dr. Phil  Hestand says posted baby pictures might cause embarrassment to a child if they're seen by peers later in life.

He adds if adults post pictures of themselves, make sure they can't be seen as inappropriate, for example, by a future employer.

"Don't put it on there if it would embarrass you if grandma saw it," said Dr. Hestand.

"If you're going to post something, you take a risk on someone seeing it that you don't want seeing it," said Detective Ward.

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