Privacy settings: how public is too public?
I read that 15 of the 100 names on the ISIS hit list were in our area, and one of the Americans trying to get overseas to join ISIS was arrested here, too. That makes me wonder how to best protect our kids. Am I protecting them electronically? Anyone who spends 10 minutes on our street at 5pm could get a good idea of the military families from the uniforms and haircuts that go marching inside. But what is just being foolish? Is it foolish to have a Navy pride sign on our porch? Should I take it down? For that matter, does the huge, waving, US flag make draw extra attention to our house? Just a little more scrutiny would soon drag up clues to our affiliations.
My thought was, “End this conversation and get home without being followed, just in case. Also so I’m not late to class.”
“You teach English? I want my kids to teach English!” he said, asking for my information. I should have said I didn’t teach English, but I was surprised and…you know…on my way to teach English, and I just wanted him to drive away. Having a random stranger ask for English lessons in Japan is not unusual at all, but this situation was weird. So I handed him my business card (it’s Japan—everyone has business cards). And he drove off. Success. I watched him drive away, then took a roundabout way home through side streets.
But I’d like to avoid anything like that happening again, especially while Chris is gone. ESPECIALLY with babies.
I don’t put tons of pictures of my kids on facebook because I want them to have some control of their online images when they get older. I put lots on my blog, but it’s easy to adjust access to the blog, so having everything in one place keeps it manageable. Unless some random creeper saves every picture and maps out our boring routines in his dimly lit backyard shed. I don’t put identifiable pictures of our house online anywhere, but anyone who reads the community newsletter could pretty easily figure out where I live. Do terrorists read the community newsletter? That was a little joke. Hopefully.