Mom Tries to Teach Her Daughter How Fast a Photo Can Spread Online, Plan Backfires


A Colorado mother learned an important lesson of her own last week when her plan to teach her daughter just how quickly a photograph can spread online through social media worked far too well.

In an attempt to explain to her daughter Amia why she couldn’t have a Facebook or Instagram account, Kira Hudson decided to show her just how quickly a photograph could spread online. This involved taking a picture of Amia holding a sign that said “Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it’s on the Internet,” sharing it with all her friends and asking them to like and share for the sake of the parenting lesson.

The plan worked well… too well… WAY too well. In just 48 hours the photo accrued over one million likes as image board 4chan got ahold of it and turned it into a meme. What began as a lesson from her daughter transformed into the users of 4chan trying to teach Ms. Hudson a lesson about public shaming by replacing the message in the picture with everything from obscenities to the message “Maybe you shouldn’t use your daughter as an experiment to prove your point… just an idea.”


The site’s users even got ahold of her phone number and her old address, which led to many prank phone calls and pizzas being delivered to the family who had moved into that house and now, through no fault of their own, found themselves in the middle of an online frenzy.

On the bright side, it’s safe to say Amia learned the lesson her mom was trying to teach: you have NO idea how fast a photo can spread to millions of people online. But Ms. Hudson probably didn’t expect the experience to be so educational for her as well.

(via The Phoblographer)

Image credits: Screenshots captured by The Daily Dot

  • 4334LUMPUT

    wll the internet is full of jerks who have no real life and too much time….

  • Pizza

    But they got all that free pizza!

  • delivery

    Most places make you pay the pizza delivery guy, so they either turned it away or were stuck with the bill.

  • Visitor

    How is this “backfiring,” though? It went beyond the casually anticipated goal, but it only ended up strengthening the mother’s stance by becoming a 4chan joke.

  • Ash

    No wonder my Pizza Hut had a 2 hour wait on Monday afternoon.

  • CurrentCo

    people started to make obscene images using her daughter. If I was a mom and people used a picture of my daughter to make explicit images, I would be pretty mad.

  • Mel Fairfeather

    Through no fault of their own…

    Let’s think about this for a moment.

  • behindthecamera

    This is why I hate the humans.

  • Pat F

    Ok, I’ve thought about it. How exactly would the family now living in the subjects’ old house have any sort of culpability here?

  • Steal Pizza

    Then steal the pizza and punch the delivery guy. Those delivery guys need more life lessons anyways.

  • pgb0517

    Read the article, then post.

  • Mel Fairfeather

    Hey thanks for teaching me that I shouldn’t skim over pieces as important as this on the interwebs. :) Such a valuable lesson here.

  • pgb0517

    That was another family.

  • Mel Fairfeather

    Thanks for the reminder. That’s so sweet and thoughtful of you. :)

  • Mel Fairfeather

    Yes, but, if she didn’t want the attention, she shouldn’t have asked for it. :)

  • Lukas Prochazka

    I dont get that facebook and instagram is great way how to communicate with your friends. It’s a 21 century internet has power deal with it, so try to use it in your adventage. So she could have also mail because somebody can steal also that. Its a way how you use it not matter of having it.

  • Dorian Dioptrics Abducted

    If you think they wont just find another way, then you are retarded. Way to go mom for showing a 12 year old how she can become popular quickly! thats sure to turn her off the idea.

  • David Vaughn

    *life in general

    I fixed it.

  • idiot

    good plan, then when you run away you’re already in your own house, they’ll never find you then

  • You The Idiot

    Oh like you would even get in trouble for stealing pizza spam that you didn’t order. It’s the food version of junk mail.

  • Clayton Finley

    Its not like they can re-sell the pizza anyway.

  • Stephen

    If you read the statement this woman apparently gave to Huffington Post, she comes off as…well, you decide.

    She apologizes to the owners of her old house but only after saying, “Luckily for us, the information that was gathered by others was not my current residence or phone number.” [Right, it was somebody else’s.]

    She also says, “I told her my Facebook page isn’t as secure as I thought it was. … You have to constantly update these settings and I think that is the lesson. I hope that my friends have learned it also.” [Yeah, that’s the lesson. Privacy settings.]

  • tegz

    “The site’s users even got ahold of her phone number and her old address,
    which led to many prank phone calls and pizzas being delivered to the
    family who had moved into that house and now, through no fault of their
    own, found themselves in the middle of an online frenzy.”

    pathetic. nothing new for 4ch though

  • CurrentCo

    that’s true! she has only herself to blame.

  • Mark Wheadon

    Right, because every picture like that ends up being viewed by millions of people. Bet she wishes she had your hindsight.

  • JSintheStates

    And this is why the internet is f&@$%d!

  • James

    She’d probably write a note on the box about not knocking on strangers doors, then make the delivery guy hold up the box for a picture.

  • pgb0517

    So you really think her face is pixelated in real life? Interesting!

  • Pat F

    The more I read you, the more conviced I am that you are the girl that mommy did not let use FB?

  • Maree Cardinale

    There are hundreds of mothers and teachers who are doing this to ‘teach their children a lesson’. Smacks of attention seeking IMO.
    I dislike any posts that tell you to like and share.

  • Mel Fairfeather

    I’m sure she does have my hindsight now. It’s my foresight she should be jealous of. ;)

  • Mel Fairfeather

    I’m really not sure I follow, sir…

  • Mel Fairfeather

    I didn’t realize I was readable, however, I suppose you’ve gleaned some powerfully accurate insight into my being simply by reading my comments on this particular blog post. I’m impressed.

  • Chris Richards

    I always just assume that the countless posts exactly like this one are made by click farmers trying to get “likes” and “shares” so they can sell the page to some company, and I ignore them accordingly. Common sense tells me that nobody’s mother would plaster her daughter’s photo all over the internet in an effort to teach the daughter how quickly a photo of her can spread on the internet. The fact that it’s real disappoints me almost as much as the fact that so many of my “friends” are constantly sharing this sort of crap.

  • greenarcher02

    I don’t think it was pixelated originally, seeing as the comments were commenting on her frown.

  • greenarcher02

    Dumb woman, She asked to make it to Public of course it’s going to be public no matter how secure your overall FB is.

  • iAwani

    it also proves what social media can do … what a picture

  • Mel Fairfeather

    Ah. I see. Yes, it was her full face in the original post. It was all over my newsfeed and I didn’t share as I found it distasteful.

  • arachnophilia

    the problem is that this is the mom’s doing, and now god knows what 4chan is doing images of her otherwise innocent 12 year old. if it had just been a regular 12 year old girl with a facebook/twitter account, the internet probably would have left her alone, because there’s millions of those.

  • Anonymoused

    I don’t see how they got the idea that it was public shaming. It’s a harmless photo, but her mom is proving that 1) more people than you think can see it CAN, and 2) it doesn’t go away.

  • Guest

    Oh come on, it’s 2014. Stop using “no real life” as an insult.

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    reminds me of firearms safety instructors who literally shoot themselves in the foot.

  • Baluta Cristian

    Why did i wasted the time reading this crap?

  • Zephod Beeblebrox

    The mom needs to do a fully nude photo of herself now – to see how much faster that would spread :p

  • chimmy chongas mofucka

    this has /b/ written all over it.

  • Sofia Koutsouveli

    Why the censorship on the photo? It’s a public photo, why do you hide her face?

  • toodlum toya

    Mom just proved the point she was trying to make to her daughter. Daughter now realizes just how many lunatics there are on the internet. Nice job, Mom!

  • 9inchnail

    Switch numbers with your neigbour, the police will never see through that elaborate scheme.

  • 9inchnail

    You always have to consider 4chan. Before you post anything, ask yourself: what is 4chan going to do with it? Always. No exceptions. Learn your lesson.

  • 9inchnail

    If her classmates find those obscene photo montages of her, she’ll never take another photo of herself, she’ll probably move to south east Asia and sell rice cakes for the rest of her life.