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Just a Bit of Fun? What Are the Dangers of Photo Sharing?

Honestly, what did we do before social media? Staying in touch with our friends and family who lived far away was limited to letters, postcards, and the odd phone call. Now, thanks to social media we have immediate access to everyone, all the time. 

Great stuff! 

Some have, however, fallen prey to the dangers of photo sharing on social media. What are these dangers, and how can we steer clear of them?

The Dangers of Photo Sharing

The most obvious, and likely most common issue with photo sharing is that once it’s out there – it’s out there.  

We may post pictures from a party, for example, where our behaviour was less than savoury and think that once we’ve deleted them in a slightly more sober moment, the problem is solved. Not so. The internet is totally unforgiving and once it reaches cyberspace there’s absolutely nothing you can do to remove or track these images. 

Fast-forward a few years and there you are sitting in an interview for your ideal job. Your potential boss decides to take a look at your social profile to find out a little more about you… Can you see where we’re going with this?

Also, seriously, your parents, aunts and uncles will probably see your semi-naked bathroom selfie as more embarrassing than anything else. There’s no need – really. 

For some, images of themselves or friends in compromising positions are considered just “a bit of fun.” But they can cause, best case scenario, offence – and may even ruin relationships or reputations. 

Another danger of carefree photo sharing online is that of our safety. Our phones can do a lot of things, not least of which is tagging our location when we take the picture.

Consider what this article says on the dangers of photo sharing, “If your camera has geotagging, your posted pictures might reveal more than you intend. “Posting photos and other media tagged with exact geolocation on the Internet allows random people with the right tracking software and wrong motives to find an individual’s location,” reports the website Digital Trends.

“Of course, some criminals are more concerned with where you are not. In one case reported by Digital Trends, three burglars broke into 18 homes while everyone was out. How did they know that no one would be home? They went online and tracked the movements of the residents​—a technique called cybercasing​—and made off with more than $100,000 (U.S.) worth of goods.”

Of course, social media and the sharing of images with friends and family is a wonderful way to stay in touch when we are apart. 

If we just remember to be careful and aware of potential dangers, then we’re using these platforms wisely.