Smartphones and Computers is how to be in sync with the modern age. Nevertheless, children and technology can be such a daunting combination as far as safety is concerned – keeping in mind that safety goes far-beyond being able to put up the shutters on your kid.
We have heard of hacking, internet-enabled kidnapping and outright cyber theft. To a degree it always seems distant. But here’s why you should be aloof no more; child pornography.
In a paradox, far from the rosy perception technology seems to have, it could just as easily turn out as dark as sin itself. Moreover at its nastiest reach, children’s lives are on the line.
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According to Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Anti-human Trafficking Taskforce at Ministry Of Internal Affairs, Moses Binoga, child pornography is one of the fastest growing criminal trends on the internet, in Uganda, among other misdeeds.
Child pornography is a visual portrayal of sexually explicit conduct involving someone of less than 18 years of age. This means a minor could feature in a sex-charged picture, audio or video and note that if your child uses the internet at all, they are not that immune.
It just so happens that while you might not find child nudity worth of a second glance, some individual at some place in this world finds it acutely arousing and is obsessively looking forward to the next child to dip into this dark slump.
Clearly, things are not as they were; historically, pornography, including child pornography, tended to be found mainly in photographs, magazines, and videos. Conversely, with today’s influx and rapid intensification of the internet and its technologies, the increased availability of broadband internet services, advances in digital imaging technologies, and the availability of powerful digital graphic programs, major changes in both the volume and the nature of available child pornography have come about. At this point, it’s to wonder if you ever keep track what time your child gets to spend on the computer and what so keeps him or her so busy while with it.
Peter Peak is an ICT expert based in Mukono and he says that before any parent ever delivers their “smart” gadget to the child, they should bear at the back of their mind that the internet is one bizarre place; it is as much a place to make our lives better as it is a “toxic” tool where vile men await to ambush our kids.
“These are computer literate sex maniacs. They are criminals,” he adds, keenly.
Mr. Peak insists that almost no child involved in this crime ever goes into the act willingly. Albeit they’re also not forced or kidnapped. Instead, they are manipulated and lured. These individuals gradually seduce their targets through the use of attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts. They are, in fact, willing to devote considerable amounts of time, money, and energy in this process. They listen to and empathize with the problems of children. They will be aware of the latest music, hobbies, and interests of children. These individuals attempt to gradually lower children’s anxieties by slowly introducing sexual context and content into their conversations.
There are other individuals, however, who immediately engage in sexually explicit conversation with children. These “predators” primarily collect and trade child-pornographic images, while others seek face-to-face meetings with children via on-line contacts. The children can be indirectly victimized through conversation, i.e. “chat,” as well as exchange sexually explicit material.
According to the FBI, an American security agency, it is possible to detect these sex-offenders while it is early to save your child from the impending danger;
Be concerned if your child spends large amounts of time on-line, especially at night
Most children that fall victim to computer-sex crooks spend large amounts of time on-line, particularly in chat rooms. They go on-line to chat with friends, make new friends, pass time, and sometimes look for porn. While much of the knowledge and experience gained from internet may be valuable, parents should consider monitoring the amount of time spent on-line. Children on-line are at the greatest risk during the evening hours.
While offenders are on-line around the clock, most work during the day and spend their evenings on-line trying to locate and lure children or seeking pornography.
If you find pornography on your child’s computer
Sex offenders often supply their potential victims with pornography as a means of opening sexual discussions or seduction. Child pornography may be used to show the child victim that sex between children and adults is “normal.” Parents should be conscious of the fact that a child may hide the pornographic files on flash disks or memory cards from them. This may be especially true if the computer is used by other family members.
Your child receives phone calls from men you don’t know or is making calls, sometimes long distance, to numbers you don’t recognize
While talking to a child victim on-line is well-liked by these criminals, it can be very burdensome. Most eventually talk to the children on the telephone. They engage in “phone sex” with the children and often seek to set up an actual meeting for real sex. This is many times a precursor to human trafficking.
While a child may be hesitant to give out his/her home phone number, the computer-sex offenders will give out theirs. With Caller ID, they can readily find out the child’s phone number. Some computer-sex offenders have even obtained toll-free numbers, so that their potential victims can call them without their parents finding out.
Your child receives mail, gifts, or packages from someone you don’t know
As part of the seduction process, it is common for offenders to send letters, photographs, and all manner of gifts to their potential victims.
Computer-sex offenders have even sent plane tickets in order for the child to travel across the world to meet them.
Your child turns the computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen on the monitor when you come into the room.
A child looking at pornographic images or having sexually explicit conversations does not want you to see it on the screen.
Your child becomes withdrawn from the family.
Computer-sex offenders will work very hard at driving a wedge between a child and their family or at exploiting their relationship. They will accentuate any minor problems at home that the child might have. Children may also become withdrawn after sexual victimization.
Your child is using an on-line account belonging to someone else.
Even if you don’t subscribe to an on-line service or Internet service, your child may meet an offender while on-line at a friend’s house or the library. Most computers come preloaded with on-line and/or Internet software. Computer-sex offenders will sometimes provide potential victims with a computer account for communications with them.
According to Commissioner Moses Binoga, if you should find a situation where your child has received pornographic imagery or even worse, sexually solicited, immediately report the case to the Police or call the toll-free Uganda Child Helpline Number, 116, which is directly under the Ministry Of Gender, Labor And Social Development for counseling, guidance, provide required information or escalate cases requiring direct intervention to satellite or action centers as appropriate.