I used to use my children’s pictures as my Facebook profile picture all the time without a second thought.. that is until I thought about who could be looking at it. I had thought about it before, but I figured the odds of some perv looking at my kid’s picture were pretty slim. I mean, there are a million Facebook profile pictures with people’s kids, right? Well, I was working at a pizza place a few years ago and I happened to have a perv-y coworker who was a sex offender. One day I came into work and he was talking to me. He asked me how if I had gone to a fair or something that weekend. A little freaked out, I said that I had and asked how he knew. Turns out he had looked me up on Facebook and had seen my profile picture of my son on a merry-go-round. I decided then and there not to post pictures of my kids publicly on Facebook… not because I didn’t know who could be looking, but because I DID know who could be looking.
FYI: The man I am referencing was not just a sex offender, but a sex offender convicted of sexual conduct with minors. I did not allow my children to visit my work ever.
- Dos and Don’ts of Kids And Facebook (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Parents take a lesson in social media to keep their kids safe (fox23news.com)
- Randi Zuckerberg talks privacy, parenting (trentonian.com)
- Teaching Social Media Safety (thesnowballeffect.com)