Y’all gon’ get enough of posting pictures of your kids up on social media. Even if you only add the people you know, others have an option to follow you. Sex offenders could be following you just to keep up with your child. When you post pictures of your kids you are giving them exactly what they want. You’d be surprised at how many people were keeping up with the age of your child. Especially the ones that have already reached their teens. As soon as they turn 18 they’re going to start plotting to get them. We all go through that stage where we desire to date older men/women. Okay…don’t act like I’m the only one. We have ALL been there. As a matter of fact, I’m still attracted to men 3 and 4 years older than me.
Okay, back to the point of this post.
Don’t be the reason your child gets caught up with your junior high/high school classmate! Think about it…we never find out one of our “Facebook friends” were into some mess involving other children until it’s aired on the 10 o’clock news! Some of them look very mature for their age. Someone else would be willing to take advantage of them! Don’t let your child’s first love end up being one of your Facebook friends. I understand how you feel. I use to post my baby’s pictures up all the time…birthday celebrations, trips out of town, mommy-daughter dates, etc. We’re just proud parents, but it’s not safe anymore. The world has gotten out of hand and the internet has gone crazy. All it takes is one mistake. I had to take my daughter’s photos down. We have to be extra careful.
It’s easy for some people to sit behind a computer and type words that hold no truth. A lot of them live lives that aren’t pleasing to God. There are a lot of broken individuals walking around with the poker face. Hurt people hurt other people. Is it right? No, but it happens. We can’t protect them from everything and everybody, but something as small as keeping their names and photos off of the internet is a great start.
Alicia E. Andrews