A mom who tried to use social media as a tool to teach her daughter about the perils of social media may have ended up getting a lesson herself. Kira Hudson just wanted to show her tween daughter how fast things that get posted online can spread, but the whole thing kind of blew up across the net and in her face.
Hudson posted a photo of her daughter on Facebook last week. The girl can be seen holding 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 picture was accompanied by the caption, "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!"
Unfortunately, this little lesson ended up working a little too well. Hours after the image was posted, it had been shared 54,637 times. Eventually it ended up on 4chan, an image-based virtual bulletin board.
Of course there were the normal alterations to the sign the girl was posting, including plenty of obscenities, but this one was my favorite: "Maybe you shouldn’t use your daughter as an experiment to prove your point. Just an idea."
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But it didn't stop there. Apparently, Hudson started getting prank calls, and people started sending pizzas to her home address. It ended up being her old home address, so the poor people who bought her house got roped into this thing too!
How crazy is it that we have so much information out there in cyber land that people can find us from one picture posted on Facebook?
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.
Did you catch that she thought her Facebook account was private and secure? It looks like she ended up learning her own lesson on the dangers of social media and the death of privacy.
Do you think this technique is a good one for teaching kids about the Internet?
Image via Facebook