Digital Kidnapping: Do you post pictures of your children on social media?

You may want to think twice before posting pictures of your children online. That simple, seemingly innocent action could make them victims of digital kidnapping.

This latest form of identity theft can happen to any parent who posts pictures of their child online. Someone steals the pictures you post and re-posts them as their own children. Sometimes, they give them new names. They even build sites dedicated to role-playing as the child, asking for people to digitally adopt them.

Parents have more control over this than you might think. According to research from The Parent Zone, parents post an average of 973 pictures of their children online before they turn five. Of the parents surveyed, 17 percent say they have never checked their online privacy settings for Facebook.

We want to know, do you post pictures of your children on social media? Make sure to take our poll below.

Watch our special report on Digital Kidnapping Monday night on Local 6 at 10.

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