The internet and its social networks can both be a curse and a blessing. This mother had to learn that painfully. Everyone should know her story and draw the right conclusions. It is about the welfare of our children.
Imagine that you’re on Facebook and get a friend request from a stranger. As I said, you don’t know he or she at all. But the profile picture is actually quite nice and it speaks to you somehow. So then you accept the request. Just like that. What could go wrong …?!?
Everything quickly forgotten, because you have something much more important to do: your daughter (or son) is starting school for the first time. You’re so proud of your offspring, how she has made herself ready for her big day and you post the best photos on Facebook. Underneath you write something like: “What a day! Unbelievable who big my sweetheart has become.” Then you even link the picture with the name of the school and upload it on Facebook. A couple clicks – done. But the consequences are terrifying.
Because what then happens in secret is unimaginable: the stranger whom you have add to your friend list a few days ago, has now long saved the picture, uploaded it to an online catalogue and sent it to hundreds of men around the world! Her writes underneath it:
“Youngblood, American girl. Not even 6 years old! Only 10,000 dollars!”