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Parents warned about dangers of geotagged photos

Unless a setting is turned off, smartphones will "geotag" photos with the exact location of where the picture was taken. Source: WBRC video Unless a setting is turned off, smartphones will "geotag" photos with the exact location of where the picture was taken. Source: WBRC video
Once a photo is shared online, the geotagged information showing the picture's location is easily accessible. Source: WBRC video Once a photo is shared online, the geotagged information showing the picture's location is easily accessible. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Many parents love taking pictures of their kids and posting them on social media, but often don't realize those photos could be tracked all the way back home.

The geotagging feature on most smartphones can pinpoint the exact location where your pictures and videos were taken. After those images are shared online, others can easily access that information.

Caprina Harris, out walking with her four-year-old granddaughter, was caught off guard that a person could get a hold of your home address so easily.

"That is shocking information. I would have never thought that could be done," Harris said.

So what should parents do? They can disable the location service on their smartphone.

Go to settings, then privacy, then to location services and turn off the option for photos along with any social media sites. Facebook strips out the location information from photos, but other social media sites do not.

Taffney Jones, a mother of four, said all parents need this information.

"The word needs to get out, because you never know who's out there trying to track you down or get information about you," Jones said.

"I really think that people need to go through standard procedures to make sure things like that don't happen. Turning that device off would be the ideal thing. I think I will go home and do it right now," Harris said.

The process is easy and you can easily turn it back on but it could give you more peace of mind about your home and children.

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