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5 crucial steps to protect your family on Instagram

5 crucial steps to protect your family on Instagram
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Photo sharing website Instagram was a household name even before Facebook bought the company for $1 billion. Now, even if you don't have an Instagram account, someone in your family almost certainly does. You should know that they aren't safe, as one mother found out the hard way.

Mommy blogger Hailey Devine posted her story:

As years have gone by, I have posted photos of the exterior of our house to share excitement in the building process and even exposed what city we lived to curious readers. I have posted multiple photos of my little Lucy in her diaper (etc.) because I love sharing little motherhood experiences. We would also post photos while we were on vacation. I completely put myself out there.

As my following grew, I was really naive about the messed up people on the Internet. I assumed all my followers were these cute young girls, aspiring to be videographers or waiting for missionaries. To be honest, I got caught up in the numbers, and I stopped looking at who started following me. This is where the frightening part happened.

One morning, I curiously scrolled through my new followers. It was quite the traumatic experience to see what kind of messed up and really quite evil people were following me. I was exposed to some really icky stuff on these profiles. These people were able to view every post of my home, my life and my baby.

A few days later, I found stolen photos of my little Lucy on these accounts, and they had been fooled around with by people the Washington Post referred to as Instagram users who are "creating strange fictional relationships using photos of other people’s children."

I've told you about these types of people before, and it turns out there's not much you can do about it. Except for taking the advice Devine posted on her blog.

Next page: Find out how you can protect yourself from Instagram creepers.
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