A Colorado mother attempted to teach her daughter a lesson about placing photos online, but ended up learning a valuable lesson herself!
Kira Hudson posted a public photo of her daughter on Facebook, asking friends to share it. The caption stated:
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!
Hudson had the youngster pose with a sign that read, “3/18/14: Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it’s on the internet.”
The photo got very close to receiving a million ‘likes’ and Hudson felt she had taught her daughter a lesson.
But wait! The true lesson in this experiment was learned by the mom after the photo went viral and and her address and phone number ended up online! She also noticed that the innocent message in the photo had been altered numerous times and some even included obscene messages!
Users on one of the the site’s random imageboards tracked down Kira Hudson’s Facebook page, home address, and phone number and late Wednesday night, she began receiving prank calls and pizzas deliveries to her home.
Some also edited the original photo to include obscene messages…
Oh my! *clutches pearls*
Through all of the perversions and obscenities, 4chan’s message to Kira was simple. Instead of exposing your daughter to the Internet’s worldwide ridicule, perhaps you should communicate your concerns to her privately.
Hudson eventually removed the photo, which had almost 1 million likes.
While teaching children the dangers of the internet is crucial nowadays, it seems parents should be more knowledgeable themselves.
These sorts of posts might get a lot of attention on social media, but many parenting experts feel that this new trend of ‘public shaming’ can be counterproductive and most times, the results are merely temporary.
A child is likely to view the parent as an “enforcer” versus an “ally.” It could also make the child believe “the reason not to steal (or lie or hurt people) isn’t because of how it affects others but because of the consequence you, yourself, will face if you’re caught.”
And even with all of that, teaching children about Internet safety is still a vital lesson nowadays!
After all of the drama surrounding Hudson’s plan to teach her daughter a valuable lesson, she provided the following statement to TheHuffingtonPost:
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.
Parental lesson learned. SMH…
What do you think of Hudson’s ‘Facebook fail’?