SOCIAL MEDIA SITE HAS TO … ASK … IF PEDOPHILES SHOULD BE COMMUNICATING WITH CHILDREN ON ITS WEBSITE?
I do get why social media sites regularly send out surveys to their users. Surveys allow the media sites the ability to create programs which draw new users and maintains current users. On the flip side, it feeds the “collective thinking” mentality which is festering in this and other countries. But … what does it say about our social online communities when the need is felt to ask users how they feel about pedophiles asking children for sexual pictures?
This was asked in a survey created by Facebook employees.
In 2016, an investigation by the BBC uncovered numerous private Facebook groups by and for men with a sexual interest in children to share images, with one run by a convicted pedophile. Photos of children taken from their parents' Facebook accounts have also been found on pedophile sites.
In 2017, the BBC flagged dozens of images and pages containing child pornography. Of the 100 reported images, 18 were removed by Facebook, according to the BBC. At the time, the BBC said Facebook asked to be sent examples of the images and then reported the broadcaster to the child exploitation unit of Britain’s National Crime Agency.
I find the ineptness of Facebook employees to find and weed out pedophiles, a little more than just … disheartening. And, for there to be any question as to whether or not pedophiles should be allowed groups, comments and/or to ask children for sexual pictures is way beyond bizarre.
But, this is the world we live in, today. Child predators, pedophilia, and sex trafficking is not going away. In fact, it seems to be on the increase. And, social media has, indeed, become a conduit for deviant and depraved activity. Unfortunately, children are easily lured into their web. Most parents think this could not or would not happen to their children. And yet … many of those same parents have never sat down and had a serious talk about child predators with their small children.
It is time … it is past time. When social media asks users about whether or not known pedophiles should have … any … communication with children … the warning is ever clear, obvious … and, foreboding.
Debbie Barth: 7/31/2018 at 3:33 pm ET
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Debbie Barth is the author of The Promise Book: Tell Someone. Her goal is to aid parents who understand the necessity of talking to their children about child predators in way that doesn’t confuse or scare them.
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