If you want to teach your daughter about the perils of posting photos on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms, you should probably avoid posting her photo to Facebook. That was the lesson a mom learned recently when she posted a picture of her daughter on Facebook. The mom was attempting to explain to her daughter that she couldn’t have an Instagram or Facebook account because of the associated dangers.
Kira Hudson posted the photo last week. In the post her daughter holds a sign that reads: “3/18/14: Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it’s on the internet.”
Hudson also wrote the following message with the post: “My 12-year-old daughter doesn’t understand why she can’t have an Instagram or Facebook account … Please ‘like and share’ … She just doesn’t get it!”
Within a few short hours the photo was shared 54,637 times and it eventually ended up on photo sharing websites, including the infamous 4chan.
As expected many obscenities were posted alongside the photo and one parent wrote: “Maybe you shouldn’t use your daughter as an experiment to prove your point. Just an idea.”
The online chatted wasn’t all the family was subjected to. They have been the victims of prank phone calls and their old address was posted online (they have since moved).
Despite everything that has went wrong with the experiment Kira Hudson told the Huffington Post:
I am very grateful to all of the parents who have messaged my daughter and me, letting us know that because of our “experiment,” they were able to teach their own children more about Internet safety. This was one lesson that both my daughter and I learned very quickly! I had not anticipated it gaining momentum as fast as it did. It certainly opened my eyes to the fact that I thought my own private Facebook was secure. It was not as secure as I thought. Luckily for us, the information that was gathered by others was not my current residence or phone number.
I would like to apologize to the family who is living at our old address and let them know that I hope this hasn’t caused them much distress and the next pizza will be a gift from me. This whole thing has really proven the point, and I am hopeful that even though there have been a few bumps, others can continue to learn from our experience.
Yes photos spread like wildfire online, but posting a photo to prove that point seems more than a little bit silly.