A follow up to our previous post… the article Jarrett originally posted.
Editor’s Note, by Kirsteen McLay-Knopp
After reading the article at the link above, I decided to do some online searching of my own. After typing “naked kids’ photos” into Google and clicking on “images”, hundreds of pictures of naked children immediately appeared. Most were having fun and doing normal activities like taking baths but, as Jarrett rightly points out in her article, did their Mums and Dads really intend that ANYONE searching online like I did could view them? How often have such photos been shared in less than savory circles?
Children in swim wear featured highly too, as did scantly-clad children. I’ve never posted pictures of our kids in their togs (swimming gear) on Facebook or anywhere else, I never quite felt right about doing that… I guess I thought that was “family stuff” you might show the grandparents or someone. Some of the pictures I saw posted were VERY innocent, but it certainly makes you wonder why they come up under the search title “naked kids”… do some people out there get off on seeing scantily clad kids or kids in swimming gear?
I was also concerned to see that there were a number of nude photographs of children in developing countries. While I have no problem with their nudity in the context of their respective cultures (and don’t believe that children should be taught to be ashamed of their bodies) I did have to wonder who took these photos and why, as well as why there are so many of them on the internet… as well as, of course, who continues to search them. Considering that many children are sexually exploited in our world’s poorest areas, this is a concern too.