'Posting naked pics of your kids is illegal'
Parents are warned posting naked pics of their kids to social media sites is a criminal offence.
CAPE TOWN - Parents have been warned, taking pictures of their naked babies and children and posting it to social media sites is a criminal offence.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) views this as a form of child pornography.
The NPA took part in an open dialogue in Cape Town, as part of National Child Protection Week, which concluded on Sunday.
Parents may believe there's nothing wrong with posting photos of their children on social networking sites but the NPA has warned against this.
It's also cautioned parents against posting such pictures on sites like Facebook and Instagram.
Advocate Bonnie Currie-Gamwo says the law clearly outlines this as a criminal offence.
"It's irrelevant what the purpose was for taking the picture. But any image of a naked child is child pornography and the reason for that is quite simple; it can be abused. What you do innocently, others take and they abuse it."
Currie-Gamwo says with it being viewed as a form of child pornography, parents need to be aware of the dangers and consequences of posting such images online.