Colorado mom’s lesson about dangers of social media backfires

Facebook post designed to teach lesson about social media lessons backfires

Facebook post designed to teach lesson about social media lessons backfires

DENVER — It started innocently enough, a mother’s teaching moment explained with a post on Facebook. But the lesson backfired.

“My 12-year-old daughter doesn’t understand why she can’t have an Instagram or Facebook account.”

Next to it, her not so happy daughter was in a picture holding a sign saying: “Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it’s on the Internet.”

Close to 1-million shares later, “I felt bad for the child. I’m sure there was no [bad intention] at all,” said social media expert Jo Guerra.

“Anything you share on social media is out there and you never know how it may come back at you so you have to be cautious,” Guerra said.

The public post drew the ire of some parents including one on Huffington Post who wrote, “Maybe you shouldn’t use your daughter as an experiment to prove your point.”

Other parents say they appreciate the reminder that privacy is an empty word online.