Colorado mom Kira Hudson's Facebook post showing 12-year-old daughter gets likes, cruel backlash

Nearly one million likes and public attacks is what a Colorado mom got when she tried to show her daughter how photos can go viral.

"She has been begging me for Facebook and Instagram," Kira Hudson told 7NEWS. "I showed her a few articles [about the dangers] and she just continued to not believe me, I guess, on the dangers of it."

Hudson and her daughter posted a public photo of the 12-year-old with a sign that read, "3/18/14: Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it's on the internet" and asked mom's Facebook friends to share it,.

"We decided we'll leave it up for 24 hours and see how far it gets," Hudson said.

After school the next day there were around 3,000 shares.

"We were like, "Well, we'll leave it up a while longer,'" Hudson said.

They got messages from all over the world -- Australia, Canada, etc..

"We were getting messages from all over the world, 'Tell your daughter listen to mommy,'" Hudson said. "There were a few negative things, but not really bad."

However, that night, somebody put it on a different web site.

"And it wasn't my picture anymore, so I no longer had control over it," Hudson said.

Hudson said she messaged the lady that night when the picture had 20,000 likes. By the time the woman woke up the next morning and saw the removal request, the picture had almost two million likes.

"I messaged her because we were getting negative feedback and it was way more than we anticipated," Hudson said.

The woman took the photo down. Hudson did too.

However, the image landed on an image-based bulletin board, Huffington Post reported.

Some users found Hudson's Facebook page, home address and phone number, according to the Daily Dot. On Wednesday, Hudson received prank calls, and pizzas were delivered to her house. Some also edited the original photo to include an obscene message.

Apparently, other users wanted to teach Hudson a lesson about public shaming.

However, Hudson said the photo she posted wasn't to an attempt to shame her daughter or punish her.

"I would never ever do anything [to shame her]," Hudson said. "It was an experiment that we were both very willing to do."

Hudson said she learned a lot about about internet security.

"I told her my Facebook page isn't as secure as I thought it was," Hudson said. "You have to constantly update these settings and I think that is the lesson. I hope that my friends have learned it also. Even though you set it up privately, there are still buttons that get pushed or something that you do share publicly and forget to take it back off."

On Sunday night, Hudson sent a statement to HuffPost:

I am very grateful to all of the parents who have messaged my daughter and me, letting us know that because of our "experiment," they were able to teach their own children more about Internet safety. This was one lesson that both my daughter and I learned very quickly! I had not anticipated it gaining momentum as fast as it did. It certainly opened my eyes to the fact that I thought my own private Facebook was secure. It was not as secure as I thought. Luckily for us, the information that was gathered by others was not my current residence or phone number.

I would like to apologize to the family who is living at our old address and let them know that I hope this hasn't caused them much distress and the next pizza will be a gift from me. This whole thing has really proven the point, and I am hopeful that even though there have been a few bumps, others can continue to learn from our experience.

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