Advocacy group Child Rescue Coalition has launched a new campaign called “Kids for Privacy,” which encourages parents to take all naked photos of their little kids, babies, and toddlers off of social media. The CRC — whose stated mission is to “protect children from sexual exploitation” — warns that, while certain pictures of kids online may seem cute or funny to adults, they can often become fodder for pedophiles online.
On top of urging parents to take down certain photos, the campaign is urging people to “hijack” hashtags like #pottytraning, #bathtime, and #nakedkids with pictures of signs that read “Privacy Please.”
The campaign website recommends that parents ask themselves four simple questions each time they post a picture of their child online: Why am I sharing this? Would I want someone else to share an image like this of me? Would I want this image of my child viewed and downloaded by predators on the Dark Web? Is this something I want to be part of my child’s digital life?
While social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram have rules against posting content that contains nudity, the rules are surprisingly a lot more lax when it comes to children’s bodies. On Instagram’s community guidelines page, they encourage users to only post pictures “that are appropriate for a diverse audience,” and echo the CRC’s concerns by saying that they will remove photos of exposed children “for safety reasons,” as long as they judge that the content could be used maliciously or “in unanticipated ways.”
Despite a recent glitch that suggested to users that they search for videos of minors performing sex acts, Facebook actually has much stricter rules about posting exposed children. The social media network once temporarily banned a professional photographer when she posted a picture of two children unknowingly recreating the famous Coppertone sunscreen ad.