Amanda Todd tragedy a cautionary tale for a wired culture

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Amanda Todd was the victim of a predator. He lured her online. Then blackmailed her to death. Sadly, child luring through the Internet is common and her tragedy is a cautionary tale for a wired culture. 

Predator Watch, an initiative of the Children of the Street Society (COTS), has these chilling statistics that give a broad context for her story and raise questions about keeping children safe.

  • 4,000,000 children are posting content to the web every day.

  • 49 per cent of teens that post photos online report being contacted by a stranger.

  • 1 in 10 youth give personal information out to strangers.

  • 1 in 5 youth aged 10–17 years have been solicited sexually online.

  • 13 is the average age that children reported being exploited through the sex trade.

  • 75 per cent of youth who received an online sexual solicitation did not tell a parent.

  • 76 per cent of parents don't have rules about what their kids can do on the computer.

  • Over a five-year period, child-pornography related offences in Canada have increased over 900 per cent. Canada ranks number two in the world to hosting child sexual images (child pornography) online.

  • Between 100,000 and 300,000 youth are sexually exploited in North America every year.

  • Sexual exploitation is less visible on the street but online exploitation has exploded in the recent years.

"Education, education, education—parents need to educate themselves about their children’s technology use and make sure their children are educated about Internet safety," Diane Sowden, executive director of COTS, told the Vancouver Observer.

"This education has to be ongoing for both parents and their children as technology is continually changing (webcam hacking, chat rooms, self-sexual exploitation, for your eyes only (FYEO) images, Facebook use, online tattoo).

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ciberbullying

It is unfortunate that such cases are given. Parents must take action against this, as we are seeing in that can result. My husband and I decided a month ago to install a free software called sass report, which we can see our daughter's activity on the Internet and social networks. Thus, we can detect and prevent any cyberbullying that our daughter may be suffering. where I found the link was http://www.sassreport.com

Thanks for the

Thanks for the recommendation! It seems really useful and complete and I'm so going to try it, because I am very concerned about the power of the Internet and new technologies  over my children, I don't want them to have problems like this girl's problems in the future. I am sure that with this software, Amanda could have received the help she needed and the cyberbullies would have been stopped.

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executive director of COTS, told the Vancouver Observer.


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Spying on your kid? Really?

leyla wrote:

Thanks for the recommendation! It seems really useful and complete and I'm so going to try it, because I am very concerned about the power of the Internet and new technologies  over my children, I don't want them to have problems like this girl's problems in the future. I am sure that with this software, Amanda could have received the help she needed and the cyberbullies would have been stopped.

 

http://www.examiner.com/article/anonymous-names-amanda-todd-s-alleged-to...

 

I will just link this here. The exactly same text I just had to read here from another person forced me into a two site answer via Facebook to warn her of the betrayal of this program.

Obviously somebody tries to spread a virus to get information about your children by installing this software. So he intentionnaly posts on every news message about Amanda Todd that he foun this helpful program. And what kind of parents are you anyways to agree in spying every movement of your child? That's sick, I say.


My Facebook is Louis Christ, I answered on the linked page

http://www.examiner.com/article/anonymous-names-amanda-todd-s-alleged-to...

at the bottom of the site, feel free to send me a question (assuming you are real, and not another shit-ass fake to trap parents into spying their children. Disgusting.)