When Facebook first launched the parents of today were still in their 20’s. It was an exciting time. Uploading photos, re-connecting with old school friends and updating relationship statuses.
As the years have passed this generation married, had kids and it was still safe to post photos of your little ones and share proudly with friends.
Facebook, now with over 1.6 billion daily active users, has become plagued with fake news, profiles, bots and hacked accounts. Online predators troll profiles to find their next victims.
Have you scrolled through your Facebook friends list of late? Try it. You may be surprised how many people you actually don’t know or haven’t spoken to in a decade or more.
Many parents created a profile for their child and posted pics tagging them. Whilst this may be cute, you have to wonder how this will impact your child later in life. Not to mention the risk of online predators, should the necessary security settings not be in place.
Facebook’s recent stats show that fewer people are posting photos on the platform. Hence, the recent ‘Friends-anniversary’ video reminders and ‘4 years ago’ photo reminders that keep popping up. To entice Facebook users to re-post and share more content.
With the threat of online predators and human trafficking, many parents are refraining from sharing photos of their kids online. And for very good reason.
Someone recently took to Facebook to share exactly how online predators and human traffickers are using photos of your kids posted on Facebook. You want to read the below:
A guy sends you a friend request. You don’t know him, but he’s got a cute profile picture, so you accept his friend request.
It’s your baby girl’s first day of school. She looks SO cute in her new outfit you just have to take a picture and put it on Facebook so all your friends and family can see.
You’re so excited dropping her off that you ‘Check in’ to her school on FB saying
‘I can’t believe how big she’s gotten. Time sure flies. One proud momma/daddy right here’.
Meanwhile, the mystery guy whose friend request you hurriedly accepted earlier this morning is saving that picture you posted of your daughter in her cute new outfit to his phone and texting it to 60 other grown men across the world with the caption –
‘American Female. Age 5.
Brown Hair. Black Eyes.
Not only did you provide a picture of your little girl to a child trafficker, you’ve handed him the name and exact location of her school on a silver cyber platter.
You go to pick her up at 3:00 this afternoon, but she’s nowhere to be found.
Little do you know, your precious baby girl was sold to a 43 years old pedophile before you even stepped foot off campus this morning, and now she’s on her way to South Africa with a bag over her head, confused, terrified and crying because a man she’s never seen before picked her up from school, and now she doesn’t know where her parents are, where she’s going, or what’s gonna happen to her.
There are a few very important lessons from this:
- STOP ADDING STRANGERS ON FACEBOOK
- STOP posting everything about your life on Facebook.
- Avoid keeping children’s pictures as a profile picture.
Please SHARE it for the sake of all kids and parents.