While social media and the internet can help people do a world of good, earn money and gain employment, it can also be used for criminal activity too. The latest antisocial trend bordering on near psychotic behavior is digital kidnapping.
The most dangerous aspect of such a phenomenon is that the victims are children. While some digital kidnappers do it for the emotional pleasure and satisfaction, others may be having more sinister designs. Lindsey Paris found out her son was a victim of digital kidnapping.
1 She was scared ad shocked to find her son’s photos online
As parents, you need to monitor your children’s presence of social platforms like Facebook. Lindsey Paris was shocked one day to find pictures of her son on the internet. What scared her was the fact that she had never posted such photos. Somehow a stranger had accessed photos of her son and was posting pictures of the boy claiming him to be her own.
This was a digital kidnapper at work where the woman would post photographs with captions saying, ‘he had a stomach upset today or calling him ‘My baby’ and ‘isn’t my child really cute’. Lindsey was almost petrified. Here was a woman actually claiming to be the parent of her son. It was almost as if she was taking over virtual ownership of Lindsey’s child.