Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Catfishing Situation

I don't know if any of you are interested in the show "Catfish" on MTV as much as me, but I find it extremely amusing. I originally watched the movie and then got hooked on the show. "Catfishing" meaning someone who pretends to be someone else online. Someone who makes up a life or uses someone's photographs and forms relationships with others under an assumed identity.

It is really amusing. I thought so at least.

That was until I was made aware that someone was doing just such a thing with my photographs.

Photographs of my most prized of my children and my husband.

I have been pretty disturbed for the past two days, knowing that a woman on Facebook who goes by the name of "Chelsey Rhea-Marie Weaver" is pretending that pictures of my daughter Hazel, in the NICU, are of her daughter, "Savannah." She has a story about her being in the NICU and needing "surgery." Now, I don't know if any of that is true. But what I do know is that the photo she shared of her supposed baby, is my daughter Hazel...she had this up as her cover photo for awhile (I have obviously watermarked this one now):
What got even more strange, was when I found this photograph of my husband Josh with Hazel...and this woman taking credit as them being her husband and daughter. Odd, right?

I was made aware of this from some kind women who follow my Facebook page Alice W. They let me know what was going on. Otherwise, I never would have known. This woman's page keeps going down and then popping up again. I don't know what her plan is. I don't know why she is doing this. But it is eye opening and alarming to say the least. What does this mean for sharing photos on blogs and facebook? I don't feel safe now. Or at the very least, I feel I need to watermark across my kids faces! I have tried reporting the woman to Facebook, but I am not sure what will come of that if anything.

How can we protect ourselves and our families in this internet generation? I really don't know the answer...

Till next time...I will be praying and trusting God to do the protecting for me.
~Alice W.

Update 1/25: Some people have written saying they are praying for my daughter...guess I forgot to mention in this post, that she is now 2 1/2 and doing amazing :) These photos were taken in 2011.