It is scary and disturbing and could happen to you.
It’s a disturbing new trend, and one that could be affecting your family without you even knowing.
Strangers stealing your child’s photo and using them as their own.
And the methods in which they re-use the pics come in all forms and sizes. Some use the child’s photo in role-playing games. Others creepily pretend these photos are pictures of their own children, and in the worst-case scenario they are used for fetishes or fantasies.
This increasing trend is one that has social media users and technology experts concerned.
One mother has spoken out about her experience as a warning to others. Blogger Lindsay Paris has written of how her son was only 18-months old when she found his photo on a stranger’s Facebook page.
She wrote that she flew into a rage seeing her baby posed as someone else’s son. The woman had even written that the baby was “her child, isn’t he so cute?”
Paris, who writes Redhead Baby Mama says as at the time, two years ago, she had no official channels to go through, she contacted the woman who had posted the picture and requested it be removed.
The woman complied.
Paris writes, “It was difficult, as she was very young, spoke no English, and had no idea she was doing anything wrong. I was lucky. She took down the photos and we were able to carry on with no real damage done.”
She isn’t alone. Other bloggers have written of similar occurrences.
One mother told Yahoo Parenting that she found a Facebook photo she had taken of her two daughters had been shared by a man in China.
“The page was in Chinese” the mother, Ashley told Yahoo, “and I couldn’t read any of it but I saw that he had a few thousand followers and he had shared my picture. I started scrolling and noticed he had lot of pictures of little girls. I was so scared and shocked. I mean, that share linked back to my personal page so anybody could have clicked on it to see where I lived.”
Ashley immediately deleted the post, went into her privacy settings and locked them down.