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Digital oversharing can put your child at risk

Consumer Reports says parents should be careful about how much the post about their children on social media sites. (CRTV)

If you love sharing pictures of your child on social media, you're not alone. But there can be consequences beyond bombarding friends with cute photo. You may be putting your child's privacy at risk.

Child identity theft is on the rise, and Consumer Reports says the culture of digital over-sharing is likely to blame. Seemingly harmless information like your child's name, their age, what they look like, where they go to school, all of that information can be used to create a profile that a hacker can use down the road for identity theft.

Consumer Reports says follow these digital parenting tips: First, tighten up the privacy settings on the sites you use. You can set your Facebook posts to go to just your "friends," rather than the entire public. And limit your circle of friends even more by creating a list of "close friends." Another option, create a closed Facebook group - that requires you to approve everyone who requests access.

Always use caution before sharing a picture of a child's actual location or anything that could reveal hints of your home or their school. And be careful about sharing pictures of your kids in any state of undress. Even a very innocent photo of your kid naked in the bathtub, might kind of haunt them down the road because nothing on the internet truly goes away.

Another thing to think about, wait until you get home before posting any vacation photos. You don't want to reveal to any would-be burglars that you're away from home.

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