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Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Most online savvy kids understand the importance of keeping social media accounts locked down but they can often forget their bios are still publicly visible. In an effort to connect with peers or possibly generate followers, youth are including identifying information which can open them up to exploitation.
Cybertip.ca analysts are seeing these too-much-info bios on Instagram, but they can appear on any platform. Youth will list their name, hometown, school name (or abbreviation of the school name), and/or links to their other social media accounts. This provides those looking to exploit children with just enough information to build trust or trick kids into thinking the person is a peer or knows one of their offline friends.
Operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, ProtectKidsOnline.ca is designed to assist parents/guardians in protecting their children on the Internet and reducing their risk of victimization. Information is regularly gleaned from Cybertip.ca to create current, developmentally appropriate prevention material.