Mother, 29, warns parents to protect their children’s privacy after discovering images of her baby on a child pornography website.
Amanda Morgan, a 29-year-old mother of a baby girl, is warning parents about the dangers of sharing pictures of their children publicly on social media.
While happily showing off her gorgeous baby daughter Callia on social media, Amanda had no idea she was putting her child in great danger. She later discovered that pictures of her baby were shared on ‘cute baby pages’ on Facebook and Instagram, UNILAD reveals. At first, the young mother thought those pages were ‘innocent’ until the images of her daughter ‘fell into the wrong hands’.
Parents who were trying to get the disturbing website exploiting paedophile content closed down were quick to alarm Amanda about her daughter’s pictures being taken advantage of in a horrific way. Not only the website had stolen a total of three pictures of baby Callia, but they had also edited the images so the toddler appeared to be wearing heavy makeup.
Going back to the horrifying moment when she discovered her baby’s snaps were exploited as a child pornography content, Amanda said:
“I cried uncontrollably for 45 minutes when I received that message. My partner couldn’t calm me down, I was sobbing and shaking. I thought it was all my fault because I had this Instagram page. There are three pictures of my child on that website, I haven’t dolled her up like that, I wouldn’t want to put my baby in make-up.”
Amanda decided to set up an account for the appalling website, so she could see which images of her girl were being used.
The concerned mother was shocked to find there were ‘child abuse images all over the website’.
She discovered ‘thousands of users with paedophile usernames’. Baby Callia’s pictures had received atrocious comments by users of the Russian website.
Recalling the distressing findings, Amanda continued:
“These kids are getting abused and getting pictures taken of them by their own parents. I just feel so sick and I feel sad for those babies. As sickening as the comments were on Callia’s, they were mild. The other stuff that’s on there is even worse. I nearly threw up, I was literally retching like I was going to be sick. I’ve not been sleeping properly since I found out.”
Initially, the 29-year-old mother blamed herself for sharing pictures of her daughter on social media. However, she realized she ‘shouldn’t have that tarnished because of sickos in the world’.
Morgan chose to share her story with the world to spread awareness about the dangers of social media publicity.
Ever since the incredibly disturbing incident, Amanda has been warning parents not to share pictures of their children, or to at least make their social media accounts private.
“My child is covered, she’s wearing a long-sleeved jumper and a skirt in one of the pictures and you can’t see any of her skin. I would say to parents to make sure they’re covered in any pictures they share, never naked or in the bath. If you want to take those pictures just keep them to yourself, don’t put them anywhere for these creeps to get hold of.”
Unfortunately, despite Amanda’s efforts to close down the website, including alerting the police and informing Instagram about the incident, the sickening site is reportedly still operating.
If you or someone you know has been affected by similar issues and need to speak to someone in confidence regarding the welfare of a child, contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, 8 am–10 pm Monday to Friday, 9 am–6 pm weekends(UK time).
If you are a child seeking advice and support, call Childline for free on 0800 1111.