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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. - A Henrico mother is outraged after a family photo she posted on Instagram turned up on a stranger’s account with a demeaning caption and slew of outrageous hashtags.

"This has taught me a lesson," Ciara Logan, who regularly posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil.

The IT specialist and mother of an eight-year-old son and twin two-year-old girls said she was recently disheartened by a discovery she made online.

Ciara Logan

Ciara Logan

Logan said with the thousands of pictures being posted on Father's Day, parents need to be extra careful where they post their pictures -- and the settings they use on the different social media sites.

Logan said she loves using Instagram to share pictures of her family with friends and relatives, naively believing she had no need to change the default privacy settings.

So when she saw a stranger had liked three pictures on her page, none featuring her children, she decided to check out his page. That's when she made a shocking discovery.

"As I scrolled through his pictures, I saw this picture of my children," Logan said.

That photo she had taken of her children just two weeks before, now featured a large caption -- or meme -- complete with hashtags.

"To insinuate that my son is a pimp -- or that my son is selling cars -- because he has on a suit and he has two little girls with him -- or to hashtag, "keep him away from those girls," as if to say my son is a predator," she said. "He's an eight-year-old boy who is very caring, very loving, very nourishing, very protective of his sisters."

That's a sentiment her mother, Louise Logan, agrees with.

"To have someone display my grandchildren, with so much negative connotations and distastefulness.... I was just in awe, and it needs to stop," she said.

The hashtags and the quote also referenced the movie "The Color Purple" and the missing school girls in Nigeria.Kids Instragram Pic

Once Logan spotted the meme featuring her children's photo, she contacted the poster who she said immediately blocked her, changed his page to private and also changed his user name.

As a result, she contacted Instagram, who instructed her to remove all her children's pictures from her account as a precaution.

Logan has now made her Instagram account private and has advice for other parents who want to post photographs of their little ones.

"My message is share them with the ones you love via text message," she said. "Get a page that is for family only, and private your page."

CBS 6 reached out to Instagram for comment Sunday afternoon, but as of 8 p.m., the station has not heard back.





    • Roz

      Private or Not private doesn’t matter. No RIP (Reckless Internet Posting) This is NOT her fault and anyone who thinks that it is, is just as sick as the coward that manipulated her pictures!

  • Tinisha

    I had this happened to me before and turns out it was a crazy girl and her cousins. They were calling my phone numbers restricted, stalking my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages. It is sickening that we live in a society about ruining people character because they have none nor any self esteem. There needs to be stricter verifications when people posts pictures on social media. This is also a form of cyberbullying because you ruining a person’s reputations. Reality is, potential employers goes online to view your social media account. As well, if you ever want to go into the public arena. They are google and checking informations that is about you or linked to you. KEEP ALL ACCOUNTS PRIVATE AND WATCH YOUR FRIEND REQUESTS YOU ACCEPT ON YOUR PAGES. YOU DON’T KNOW THEM, REJECT THE REQUEST.

  • mbaker9105

    Lesson learned……would you stand outside Wal-Mart and hand out photos of your kids? Same thing. And using social media without being aware of privacy is like using a riding mower without reading the user manual first…..

    • Christy

      Not the same thing!! and if you have to fully read a manual before getting on your lawn mower then you shouldn’t be cutting grass anyhow! Js

  • tasha

    All my settings are private & even with that, I do not post pics of my children. I send pics to friends & family via my personal email address. Even that is not 100% safe.

  • Joe

    Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, people watch their children starve to death and their kids be picked apart by vultures, and you’re complaining about what someone did with something you put out there?

    Talk about misguided.

  • todd

    dont put your kids pictures online and if you do know there is somebody out there that will abuse the situation.its the internet duh

  • Deborrah

    She admits she was naive about it, but SHE is not the criminal here! Everyone focusing on HER HER HER seems to be excusing the cretin who took the pictures of innocent babies (who just happen to be black by the way and don’t pretend that had nothing to do with his choice of people to demean), and violated them in the most cruel way imaginable. Stay focused on the one who did the crime. And remember that adults who do such things to children are predators, bullies and nothing but disgusting pigs. All you defending him and talking about the mother are equally as dirty. SMH.

  • Heather

    I’m sorry, did I read that correctly? She’s an IT specialist and she didn’t know she should check her privacy settings? How ignorant can you be? That’s like undressing with you blinds open, then crying about your neighbor being a peeping-Tom.

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