Why is this baby in a roasting pan?
Mom and gran investigated after social media users react to photos posted ‘as a joke’.
A mother and grandmother were investigated after complaints over pictures uploaded to Facebook were reported to the authorities. The offending pictures included a baby with a dummy duct-taped onto its face and another of the same baby placed in a roasting pan and surrounded by potatoes, according to NBC4i. The child’s mother insists that the photos were taken as a joke and that the child was not harmed.

The context of the photos was lost on users of Facebook who clearly didn’t get the joke and reported the mother and the grandmother (who took the photos) to child protection services. A local sheriff commented that with the high rates of child abuse, to take pictures of a child with duct tape on its face was crazy and dangerous.

The pair will not face criminal charges but the investigation has not yet been completed.

The mother is adamant that Facebook users just blew the event out of proportion, saying that the duct tape was barely touching her child’s face, and that she doesn’t even spank her children.


Parents and caregivers have found themselves in trouble before for posting prank photos to Facebook and other social media channels. There have been pictures of babies posed with guns, children posed to appear to be drinking beer or smoking and other images.

It’s entirely possible that no children were harmed in the creation of such images, but the context of these jokes may not translate well onto social media accounts. Friends and other users with a sense of responsibility may feel the need to report the images, even if there is only a small chance that a child was in danger.

Teens are also known to post potentially damaging images online without realising that what is funny to them may set off alarm bells with others- possibly having a far-reaching impact on their lives to the extent that their schools may discipline them or the photos could negatively influence their attempts at job hunting.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other media don’t always allow for room to suggest sarcasm, humour or wit; it’s not always easy to inject tone into your posts.

So before you upload that hilarious pic of your kid in a roasting pan (and it was quite funny), consider how others may respond to your humour, especially when it’s taken out of context.

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