Kim Kardashian may be known for breaking the internet, but
after she was tied up and robbed in a private apartment in Paris, Kim will now be known
for the infamous break-in that had her begging for her life. All in all, the thieves got more than $10 million worth of jewelry and cell phones from the reality star, and police are
saying Kim’s social-media presence made her a target.
The incident had to be completely terrifying. Reports have
Kim pleading with the thieves not to hurt her as she cried, “I have children.”
Thankfully Kim’s kids, North and Saint, were not in Paris with their mom, but the
incident got me thinking about what we as moms expose our kids to when we
expose ourselves and our lives on social media.
While most of us don’t have the kind of social-media
following that Kim does (Kim currently boasts 84 million Instagram followers),
we regularly share photos of ourselves, our children, our vacations and
our purchases. Kim’s not the only mom whose overshares could put her in harm’s
way. We’re all opening ourselves up to
unwanted eyes who can see our comings and goings. They know when our house is
empty or when we’ve purchased something really decadent that others may want.
before every mom goes into a social-media hideout, let’s learn from Kim’s
experience when it comes to sharing your life, and your belongings, on social
1. When You Instagram
Your Vacation Real Time, Everyone Knows You’re Not Home
It’s fun to share
snaps of your family in Hawaii, Dubai or Boise. But if you’re sharing those fabulous vacation
photos in real time, you’re also telling the world you’re not home. That could give someone an idea and make you
a prime candidate for a break-in while you’re away.
2. Don’t Show Off
Kim excessively showed
off her $4 million diamond ring on Instagram and Snapchat. That’s the same ring the thieves
targeted. When it comes to social media, it’s best to downplay wealth and
avoid showing off expensive purchases. You never know whose eyes are on your
photo. They might belong to someone who will get the bright idea to come take your
3. It’s Not That Hard
to Track Someone Down From Their Social-Media Footprint
happened to Kim in Paris is a social-media worst-case scenario, it is possible
for someone to track you down via your social-media postings. If you’re sharing your day via Snapchat or
your vacation via Instagram, you are giving a thief a social-media footprint,
making it easy for them to track you, or your belongings, down. Think about posting later and not referring
to the city in which you live. Also, some parents don’t post photos of their kids
at all online, while others disguise their children’s faces and/or names online.
When it comes to sharing on social media, sometimes the less private
information out there, the better.
4. When We Put
Ourselves in Jeopardy, We Put Our Children in Harm’s Way
Kim was lucky that her kids were not on hand
when she was robbed, but that won’t always be the case when a mother is
targeted as the victim of a crime due to her social-media presence. So we owe
it to our kids to share responsibly and keep our kids safe.
5. Nothing Really
Matters as Long as You and Your Family Are Safe
Kim may seem cavalier about losing $10 million worth of jewelry. But after being tied up and held at gunpoint, she
knows that jewelry can be replaced. Your life can't.