We'd all like to think that each baby announcement or posting on the Internet will be appreciated by everyone who visits our Web site or blog. But recent news stories tell a much different story.
Sadly, there are some unstable folks who actively search the Internet in hopes of finding a baby they can abduct and call their own. The best way to avoid such a tragedy is to limit the amount of identifying information you use in public places on the Web such as message forums, blogs, and even your own Web site. If you want to write about your pregnancy journey and share all of your good news with others, consider using only your first names, or use your full name without supplying any information about where you live.
Fortunately, many online groups and parenting forums require memberships, either through registration or by invitation. Most of the time, you can easily limit who joins your own online group or blog discussions. So, although you should keep a watchful eye out for online predators, you can relax and enjoy your experience in the places where the site is moderated, or where people have signed up for membership. On these kinds of sites, your own membership will be rewarded with a treasure trove of invaluable advice, guidance and support from others who have great experiences to share. You'll soon discover that your circle of friends is much wider than you ever thought!