A 34-year-old mum who worries about photos of her children online being downloaded and used by dirty nonces in anoraks who live in their parents’ basements has plastered her two kids all over social media as it is their first day back at school.
Michelle Garridge of Fairfax Drive, Southend, was in joyous mood this morning as her two children Bipi and Jett started back at Sally’s Mound Primary Academy.
She marked the occasion with a gushing photo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, MySpace and something called MSN Messenger.
Ms Garridge said: ‘I was going to make the photos ‘friends-only,’ but then I realised that this would mean that people I have never met in a remote village deep within the Andes wouldn’t be able to see how cute and special and cute my kids look all dressed up in their uniform.’
‘To be fair it makes a change from getting my tits out and superimposing a dog face onto my own while holding a glass of Prosecco.’
A spokesperson for online safety charity CokBlok said: ‘While it is clearly an emotional time of the year for many parents with their children embarking on a new chapter, photos should be shared with caution.’
‘We recommend cropping all faces out, as well as any school uniform logos and other identifiable features, such as the foreground and background.’
Another local mum posted on Facebook to say that she was going for the ‘safety first’ approach of only making the photo visible to friends.
She added: ‘It’s the safest way as the technology for one of my trusted contacts to screenshot the image on their phone and send it to the whole universe simply doesn’t exist yet.’