Hacking Innocence online...

K people-- I am having a hard time deciding if I should shut my blog down to invite only. Last night on the news there was a very disturbing headline about how pedophiles are stealing pictures of innocent little children clothed & otherwise off of flickr, blogs, etc.... to satisfy their sick urges. One woman & local photographer found that this was happening with her own children's photographs she had posted on flickr to hopefully get some critics from other photographers. Since my blog is considered my "personal & family journal" I feel like I have no choice but to consider the option of invite only. I hate to do that, but to protect my family-- I will. Does anyone else fear that there might be sickos dabbing into your blog and using your photographs? And then there is the sickening thought of a pedophile actually tracking you down... that is also mentioned in the article warning parents! Some days it really scares me when I look at my site tracker and see that I have over 100 hits a day but only get a few comments... I realize that time is a factor to people, but on the other hand I don't want to be naive to the fact that there could possibly be creepy people viewing my blog hence the reason for not commenting. Anyways--You can read the full article here. I would really like to hear from everyone about your feelings on this topic. If you don't know how to comment... all you need to do is click on the link below this post where it has the posted by Chantri and date...next to it you'll see "Comments".