I feel so stupid. And officially committed my biggest #mumfail to date. I exposed my girls to online predators.
Laying in bed last night, unable to sleep. I heard my phone ping at 1:30 am. It was my brother sending me a facebook message.
“How public is this post?”
The message followed with a link to my latest Instagram photo. It was an image for a campaign I am currently working on, advertising children’s bath products. The image was of my girls in a bubble bath, little stars covering their exposed lady bits.
I replied to my brother with “it’s public, posted for a brand I am working with…”. As soon as I hit send, it was as if I had snapped into reality. The horrible, terrifying realm of reality! Because clearly, I’d been living in a fantasy land. A land where I thought friends, other loving parents and carers were the only people that paid attention to my online presence.
I posted a photo of my baby girls in the bath, for all child predators to see! WORST MUM EVER!
I frantically deleted the Instagram post, the matching facebook post and deleted messages out of group chats. But the ball of guilt and the feeling of stupidity didn’t leave me. The damage was already done. I mentally attacked myself for 2 hours, before I could fall back asleep. It was at that time of “self-reflection”, I vowed that I wouldn’t make a mistake like that again.
So, rather than wallow in my own guilt. And to help keep my fingers busy, so I don’t grab the 1L tub of ice cream from my freezer and guilt eat. I wanted to share my mistake with you, as a friendly reminder. Anyone and everyone can see what you post on social media.
The same people that we fight to protect our children from in real life are sitting in the cyber shadows. Waiting for you to make the mistake that I did.