Should I take my kids’ blogs down?

As with many times in the past, this whole Justin Berry business has gotten me a little concerned about placing images of my kids on the Internet.

People have asked me why I don't seem worried about putting my kids out there, where someone could so easily take Rae's pics and use them in lewd ways. What if she's found on some of the secret paedophilic websites out there?

Of course I'm worried. I'm a parent.

But then I got to thinking about the kind of irrational fear one is always in danger of adopting everytime something pops up in the news about sexual predators on the Net or on the streets. Am I to keep my kids under lock and key all the time? There is only so much a parent can do.

I think so far, Lokes and I have done a good job setting our kids' expectations right as far as their privileges are concerned. We don't put a computer in Rae's room. We limit her use of the family PC and the TV to an hour each a day. We watch her like a hawk whenever she's on either. We are registered with the National Alert Registry where we get a monthly report about sex offenders around our home.

After all, it's all about setting the right foundation, right?

Paedophilia is more than just getting hold of pictures of kids. Sure, the thought of someone fornicating to a picture of your ten-year old can make you mad, but at the end of the day, that's all they can do – until they get a chance to interact with him or her.

The one thing to remember is that paedophiles are mostly cowardly monsters. Most require some kind of cooperation from a child to go any further, and I think I can teach Rae and Sky what to do with them, when the time comes.

For now, I am doing everything I can, without giving up their blogs.



  1. If they were my children, I would never put their pictures online. I also would not allow my children to chat using any type of instant messenger.

    As a marriage, and family therapist who works with women and children, and who has dealt with kids who play online, I can tell you that unless you are very careful, your kids will be unwittingly putting themselves in danger.

    Keep in mind that many pornographers will snag your kids pictures, alter them and make them child porn. It happens, and I’d hate to see it happen to your precious kids.

  2. The thing is, we’re so far from home, our families want to see their pictures online. How do we share photos using the Internet without encumbering the experience?

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