Friday, July 3, 2009
Raising the Bar: The dangers of posting your child's picture on "family" websites
Hit TV show exposes what can happen to you (the parent) for posting your children's picture on websites that are meant for family and friends
by Larry Simons
July 3, 2009
I have told people this before, even some friends of mine (and they know who they are), but they get very defensive, blow it off and acted as if I was "judging" them. What is it, you ask? Warning people that posting pictures of their own children, even in what they may view as the most 'innocent' of circumstances, can lead to not only a pedophile getting access to their children's picture, but to the imprisonment of the parents themselves.
The hit TV show Raising the Bar, which airs Mondays at 10pm (EST) on TNT, covered this very issue this past Monday (June 29). In the episode titled, "No Child's Left Behind", defense attorney Jerry Kellerman (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar) defends a father who took a picture of his young son getting out of a tub and posted it on his personal website.
The picture of his son then ends up on a child porn website. Do authorities go after the sick bastard who posted it on the child porn site? Nope. The father is charged, loses his job, gets ousted as his son's little league coach, gets his visitation time with his son reduced to one hour a week (supervised) and is branded a pedophile by the local community and is brought to trial.
Prosecuting attorney Nick Balco (played by Currie Graham) utters the most profound line in the episode when he says, "I want people to understand your webpage is not as private as you think. Protect your kids."
Click here to watch the episode
Why do parents do this anyway, even if nothing bad ever resulted from it? What is the purpose of showcasing your private, personal and most intimate details of your life with complete strangers and every sick son-of-a-bitch who walks the Earth? It astounds me as to why grown men and women feel the need to show the world a photo album of their lives.
Can anyone understand this?