Privacy setting no guarantee kids’ photos are safe, says MCMC

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  • Saturday, 21 Jan 2017

PETALING JAYA: It is not safe for parents to put their children’s images on social media sites, even if they have the privacy settings activated, says the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

An MCMC spokesman said that although some parents say their social media accounts are set to private, within their family circle, photos can still be easily copied, tagged, saved and used without their knowledge.

“Parents who wish to post pictures of their children on social media should make use of the available privacy settings - for example, limit the audience only to a trusted circle.

“They should also turn off the location settings, not disclose the child’s personal information and when in doubt, do not share.”

The spokesman was responding to concerns expressed by senior consultant paediatrician Datuk Dr Amar Singh, who said that parents were still posting images of their children on social media barely a year after paedophile Richard Huckle was sentenced to jail.

She said parents should also install parental control or monitoring tools to ensure their children interacted safely online.

“Primary responsibility for the care and protection of children is with their parents or caregivers and this extends to their online presence.

“They too need to become net-savvy parents and learn the basics of the Internet,” she said.

She also advised parents to not share images that could embarrass their children when they are older.

Suriana Welfare society chairman James Nayagam said parents may think they are posting images among family members but not all have restricted Facebook friends.

He said it would be a good practice to have mutual agreement with one another on Facebook, for instance, to not re-share pictures of children without permission.

“I have a friend who set certain conditions. Those who agreed with her, she kept and she removed those who did not respond to her conditions,” he said.

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