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Do you ever get scared to post videos of your kids on YouTube?

Posted by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 7:50 AM
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Sick Perverts Turn Mom's YouTube Post Into Viral Nightmare

Posted by Jacqueline Burt on April 27, 2012 

dance poolEverybody loves cute kid videos, right? Indeed -- but not everybody loves them for the right reasons, as Texas mom Kelli Clark discovered when she posted a video on YouTube of her then 2-year-old son dancing in the rain, wearing a diaper. 

"It was at like, 56 hits for the longest time," says Clark. Then suddenly the video shot up to 3,000 hits for no apparent reason. Clark was mystified ... until she got an unpleasantly informative email from a woman in Sweden.

The woman told Kelli that the video of her son had been re-posted on a private YouTube channel featuring nude children (hence the suspicious spike in traffic). Says Clark:

"I went to look. I was totally shocked. From then, I called the FBI and they couldn't do anything about it because they weren't his videos. They were other people's videos that he had collected."

WTF?! Does this sound like a serious flaw in the system to anyone else?

Clark's only option was, unfortunately, the only option for any parent who wants to share a video of their child with family and friends and be sure they're NOT sharing it with a network of pedophiles: Clark set the video to "private."

So scary, so disgusting. My kids are too big to dance around in diapers these days, but if they were? I'd have serious misgivings about sharing those adorable moments with the digital world.

Do you ever get scared to post videos of your kids on YouTube?

by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 7:50 AM
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TerriC
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I won't post any videos of my kids on youtube.  It freaks me out to think who could look at them.  I did not realize it could be set to private, so if I knew that was safe to do, I would.

batjmom
by Sarah on Apr. 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM
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 I don't post videos of my kids on youtube

TonyaLea
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I have videos of my DD on youtube, it doesn't bother me at all.  It is really no different than people posting photos of their kids on CafeMom.  Even this group is set to public, so anybody on the internet can view and copy photos posted from here.  At least on youtube you can choose to have the things you post to be public or private.

TerriC
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM

That is why; for a long time, I would only join private groups on CM.  I did join some (such as this one) this past year because I was told about them by people I trust.  You do make a good point.  I am glad to know that youtube can be set to private, I did not know that.

Quoting TonyaLea:

I have videos of my DD on youtube, it doesn't bother me at all.  It is really no different than people posting photos of their kids on CafeMom.  Even this group is set to public, so anybody on the internet can view and copy photos posted from here.  At least on youtube you can choose to have the things you post to be public or private.


Vertical15
by on May. 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I don't have the ability to make a video other then a few minutes on my phone but like Tonya said its not much more then people using photos for the same types of things.  People take other peoples photos, alot, sadly.

No_Difference
by on May. 1, 2012 at 11:34 AM

 The few times I posted videos of my kids, Youtube told me I had copyright infringement and I had to take them down since you coudln't view them anyway...same with my dog being scared by a tambourine... Not sure how there was copywright infringment as there was nothing but my kids and dog doing something silly...no music or anything (except one video...only one had music and they got me on that even though I said none of the music was mine and listed who it belonged to but w/e). Needless to say, I stopped posting anything on youtube and now just use it for educational videos lol.

mik1of3
by on May. 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I have several posts of my kidlet on youtube, but you can't really see her face or body too well...they're swim competitions.  I don't think I'd post baby ones on there, though. 
I have noticed, however, that several of my family scuba diving photos on Flickr have been added to the collections of a few men who seem to have an affinity for women scuba divers.  Our family is primarily female-my dad, hubby, two BILS...then my mom, two sisters, two -soon to be three- granddaughters, two stepgranddaughters.    I checked them out, and while there are some nudie girl divers (I don't get that--the tank and BCD would chafe the HELL out of anyone's skin)..there really isn't any porn stuff.  But it does creep me out a little.

MELRN
by on May. 1, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I would never post any video's of my kids on a web site.  I don't even post pictures anymore   according to our sheriff department  it's a BAD idea

PrincessZ20
by on May. 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I do post videos from time to time.  Mostly perfectly innocent stuff - Alex's program at school, sporting events, etc. 

I'm definitely a lot more cautious about anything that could be percieved as sexual - and it's so creepy to think that a baby dancing in a diaper could be seen like that. 

TigerofMu
by Sonja on May. 1, 2012 at 11:48 PM

 Yes, because you never know who is watching them and why.

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