18 Jan 2018

Apps can lead children to create pornography

Last month, a 12-year-old Estonian girl and her parents got an unusual invitation from police in Tallinn. It turns out the girl had downloaded an app called Periscope, a real-time video transmission app. 

Marta Tuul
Marta Tuul Eesti Ekspress, Estonia
Source: Eesti Ekspress
Apps can lead children to create pornography - NewsMavens

Why this story matters:

She took off her clothes in front of the camera, hugged herself and was ready to fulfill the audience wishes. When someone wanted her to satisfy herself in front of the camera, she did it.

She knew that Periscope, created by Twitter to distribute news events in real time, will only keep videos for only 24 hours. But someone recorded her "direct reports" and the video went flying through the internet. 

This is not the only app that has been misused. An app called Sarahahi was used to call youngsters to kill themselves. 

It's a cautionary tale to parents everywhere: know what your child is doing online and what apps they are using. Estonian police officers say parents should be aware what their children are doing online to protect them.

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Details from the story:

  • Pedophiles can use the internet to get to the children.
  • Children must be aware of the threats that expect them on the internet.
  • In addition to parents, also schools should teach children how to behave on the Internet. 
  • The Internet does not have borders: offenders can be anywhere in the world, making them harder to prosecute
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