Sunday 4 December 2016

Dads warned on Tinder child photos

Published 13/02/2016 | 02:30

'Laura Haugh, a spokesperson for Mummypages.ie which conducted the study, said she was
'Laura Haugh, a spokesperson for Mummypages.ie which conducted the study, said she was "stunned" so many parents were sharing photographs of children online' (stock photo)

Parents have been warned against including pictures of their children on dating websites and apps such as Tinder.

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A survey found that 77pc of single Irish dads who use Tinder share photos of their children on their public profile compared to just 19pc of mums

Laura Haugh, a spokesperson for Mummypages.ie which conducted the study, said she was "stunned" so many parents were sharing photographs of children online.

"The very real risks of putting photos of your children online have been discussed at length in recent years, so much so that many of us have locked down our social media profiles to restrict photo sharing to family and friends," said Ms Haugh.

"In our research, we were stunned at the huge percentage of men who happily shared photos of their children on the free online dating app Tinder.

"Single mums were not so carefree and naive, with very few sharing photos of their children within the dating app.

"All parents are innately proud of their children, but as much as your children are the number one priority in your life and you want potential dates to know that, privacy and safety should be borne in mind."

The study also found that 74pc of mums take extra precautions before going on an online date.

Irish Independent

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