Historically, one of the sweetest portrayals of the concept of innocence was a young child. Angels were portrayed as unclothed toddlers in worshipful religious art. Even popular art for the home often showed exuberant children in bathtubs or wearing only parts of clothing such as cowboy boots or adults’ hats, or unclothed on a fleece rug. Today's technology has created a different scenario because of online access and tools.
You probably had the same thing in mind when you photographed your baby in a “cute” setting such as a pumpkin or with a pet. But that’s not in the mind of pedophiles who want those pictures of your child for very different purposes.
A former member of a police pedophile task force in Australia, Erin Cash, has some advice for you.
“Your child or teen could be a poster child for a pedophile ring - and you may never know.”
In a stunning article, Cash describes how pedophiles acquire and profit from photos of children.
What does Cash say you can do to protect your child?
The dangers are multiplied with teen photos. Cash says:
Spend some time today looking at the pictures of your children online with this information in mind. Take down photos that place your child at risk.