Pornography production, dissemination and consumption is at record levels and growing.
With the proliferation of the Internet, smart phones and cameras, and social media, this particular 'product' is accessible everywhere, and to everyone.
Around that same time at Jersey City’s Dickinson High School, a 15-year-old boy allegedly recorded himself and a 13-year-old girl engaging in a sexual act and uploaded it to Facebook.
Schools all over the country have been dealing with the legal and psychological consequences of sexting, defined by the State of New Jersey as "sexually suggestive or explicit pictures transmitted via cell phones"—and educators and parents are now realizing these incidents are not rare.
“Child pornography collectors and online predators began exploiting mobile devices the minute that the devices became common among teens and pre-teens,” said David Frattare, commander of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which handles child porn investigations for the state.“It seems to be the number one app we hear about in terms of complaints,” said Frattare. It’s what most teenagers are using to communicate, and that’s obviously what’s leading to us seeing a lot of problems,” he said.
In the last nine months, his team has received 37 tips mentioning Kik..
Twenty percent of 16 year olds and 30 percent of 17 year olds have received a sext (a sexually implicit text), according to a Pew Internet Study, and 17 percent of sexters share the explicit messages they receive, says the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
According to an Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine study, one out of every four teens has sent a sext, and 68.4 percent of teen girls have been asked to send a sext, as compared to 42.1 percent of boys.
In 2010, a 12-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy in Chicago were each charged with child pornography after they exchanged nude photos.
I've started this blog post a handful of times and keep putting it away.
I don't want to touch the topic of pornography, but I feel compelled to write about it. Well, put simply, if your child is aged 11, there's a VERY strong chance he or she has already seen it - and not just a bit of nudity.
Five-year-old messaging app Kik has a child pornography problem, according to experts.
The app, which allows users to send text messages, videos and photos in one-on-one or group chats, has allegedly become one of the latest mediums used by sexual predators.