A few weeks ago I wrote two posts giving the pros and cons of posting pictures of our children on Facebook.

Last week, this article popped up — where else? — on my Facebook feed and I felt as if I needed to pass it along.

The article says that parents in Britain were shocked and outraged to learn that naked and semi-naked pictures of their young children have been ripped from their Facebook pages and shared on a Russian website catering to pedophiles. The article says the photos were taken from "open" Facebook pages which anyone on Facebook has access to.

One parent told The Daily Mail for the article: "When I went on the site and found the picture I was traumatized. I was only on one category — when you go on it you don't really want to look — but I saw six kids I knew. These kids and their parents have no idea that they've been taken, what they're being used for or the disgusting comments that are underneath them."

Any parent would have a similar reaction. What can we do? There are four important things to consider:

1. Think Before You Post Any Photo on Facebook

It's sad that we have to consider the myriad ways someone could corrupt a benign and beautiful picture of your child. But in this day and age, we must do it. There are disturbed people in the world who will take advantage of the open world of the internet. Identity thieves and other bad people do it. It stands to reason that a forum as accessible as Facebook would have people trolling it to engage their base interests. By taking an extra second to consider the ramifications before you hit "post" you can gain greater control over your tiny slice of the Facebook universe.

2. Make Sure Your Pictures Are as Private as They Can Be

If you go into your Facebook settings, you can select who can see your photos. If you want to go a step further, you can limit who can see posts you've shared in the past. You should give strong consideration to both. It cannot hurt to be a little extra cautious.

3. Talk to Family and Friends Before They Post a Picture of Your Child

Your parents might think it harmless to post a quick picture of your child during an outing. It probably is harmless but does your parent have the proper privacy setting to control who sees that picture? Also, you probably don't know all the people that your parents are Facebook friends with so you cannot control the population who sees and shares that photo. The solution is to have a conversation with your parents or others who spend quality time with your children and make sure they understand the limits you want to place on Facebook photos of your kids.

4. Ensure That Your Photos Aren't Shared

Again, make sure your Facebook friends know that it's nothing personal but you do not want pictures of your children lifted from your page and shared with a wider, unknown Facebook community. This does not mean that you distrust someone. Rather, it means that you are an active parent who knows the dangers that lurk with the power of a computer keystroke.

Finally, this scenario has made several people that I know question whether to continue using Facebook and other popular social media applications. It is a worthy question for you and your spouse to ponder, amid the ramifications of keeping yourself and your children safe in a connected world.