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17% of parents ignore privacy settings but still post hundreds of photos of kids online

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The average parent is like a loving but voracious paparazzi, uploading an eyeball-popping 973 photos of their child on social media by the time he or she reaches the age of 5.

That's the news coming out of online safety site The Parent Zone, which did some research on the subject of children and privacy on behalf of safety campaign knowthenet.

To all the oversharing parents out there, we have to point out, this is not necessarily safe behaviour.

After all, social media has become a bastion of doxing, clickjacking and phishing - a venue that the IC3 has warned is increasingly crawling with cyber vipers.

Unfortunately, many parents are apparently somewhat oblivious to the privacy and security implications of what they're doing to their kids.

In fact, the study found that 17% of parents have never checked their Facebook privacy settings at all, while almost half (46%) have only checked once or twice, despite Facebook being the number one spot for sharing kid pics.

The research...(continued)

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