Protecting Yourself from On-line Predators

This week’s Free Lance-Star column was a very difficult one to write. In it I recounted the difficult events that wreaked havoc in my life this past January. I have been hesitant to share this story publicly, in fear that it would cause this individual to make contact again.

Click here to read the article.

I did not want to let him know the turmoil he caused. I was afraid he would think that he won. But I will not live my life in fear. I will allow God to shed His light on the things done in the darkness. The truth is, this individual did not win. God did. He won over 2,000 years ago when He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. My sins. This individual’s sins. He won when He conquered sin and death and rose from the grave to eternal life. He won when He offered that same gift to all those who would put their faith in and follow Him.

It is because of that grace that I am able to move forward in confidence. He tells us that He works all things for the good for those who love Him and have been called according to His purposes. That is why I have decided to share what happened to me and the lessons that I have learned. In the hopes that it will protect other children and families from the predators who lurk in the dark corners of the Internet.

Below you will find a link to an article that goes into great detail about the dangers of posting photos on-line. Be warned, some of the information included is graphic and disturbing. I share it though because I think it is one of the best descriptions of the depravity of these individuals. It also gives very detailed information of what types of photos not to post on-line.

What Predators Look for When You Post Photos of Your Children On-line

Please, do whatever you can to protect yourself and your babies. Be smart. Be vigilant. But also pray for the predators and pedophiles. I cannot imagine the agony of living in darkness day in and day out. Pray that God’s love and light would break through and save them from sin and death. Pray for their victims. That God’s healing would make them whole again and that He would restore what was stolen.

 

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