Christmas beetle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s that time of year where the Christmas season has come around. Never quiet got why the malls feel the need to put up their Christmas decor 3 or 4 months before the time. I always think the last quarter is always rushed. So with that, the lights are up, trees out, music playing and special or sales everywhere.
In South Africa we have a little beetle simply known as the Christmas beetle. A small little brown thing that visits every evening. Should it fly in your hair or onto your shoulder, you suddenly become a ninja pro with yikes and sequels as their tiny little claw on the tip of their legs grips onto you while still buzzing.
But, sure enough – when the Christmas beetle arrives late October, you sure know the season has begun. Whip out the Christmas crafts, cookie cutters and recipes. Blasting music from good ‘ol Bonny M, Maria Carey and Celine Dion. Let the seasons joy inspire memories for the treasure chest.
Last year while taking a few children including my own to the local park to feed the geese, I noticed a man holding up his cellphone in the direction of the children. I watched him as I was instantly suspicious. I realized he was infact filming the children and taking photos. He did it in such a way that he made himself look as if he was taking random footage of trees, clouds, geese etc. I was furious to say the least and NEVER hold back when it comes to protecting my children. I shouted very loudly as I wanted the crowd to notice what I had noticed. ‘Why are you filming these children? You have no right – are you some kind of paedophile or potential child kidnapper’ People started to stare and I was okay with that. I shouted for security as I wanted his phone investigated by the police – he did after all have images of my children and others that were with me. Before security or the police could arrive, that horrid individual ran off. I say it all the time to my friends, don’t be fooled thinking your children are safe while at child friendly public places. It is these very places sick monsters hang out too. Lurking, watching, filming and photographing your children. I was sick to my stomach when reading an article by a mom who said even though her certain social media profile settings are strictly private, photo’s of her child were ‘hacked’ and used on a child porn site. It was a photo of her child leaning against her legs, looking up at her as she took the shot. This photo was photo-edited to make the child look like it has something disgusting in the mouth.
I tossed and turned all night after reading this. Knowing I blog and have photos of my own on here. How do you share with people you feel comfortable with and meet new bloggers without having to block or totally privatise your blog. Can you and if so, please email me how – can I make my photos visible only to followers I approve. Is this doable?
If not, I will have no choice but to remove my photos for this very concern and reason. Wouldn’t you as a parent feel the same. Safe, responsible blogging.