Police are warning parents to be vigilant about their kids’ internet activity as young children found sharing nude images of themselves online.
The RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit identified four children aged eight to 12 in recent months who shared nude pictures or videos of themselves and made them available to the public on various free websites, reports Yahoo.
The kids hadn’t been pressured or asked to post the images, but rather simply shared them on their own volition.
“It is unfortunately becoming more common for young people, even children, to share exploitative photos and videos of themselves online,” said Sgt. Chantal Farrah of the New Brunswick RCMP.
Experts say that instances like these likely happen far more often than many people might realise.
Advice for parents
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Protect Kids Online has other advice for parents to prevent their kids from self-exploitation:
- Discuss the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships with your teen.
- Explain the importance of establishing and respecting personal boundaries when using technology.
- Discuss the types of problems that may arise from sharing private and intimate information electronically, including pictures and videos.
- Teach your adolescent that it is illegal to distribute an intimate image of someone without their consent.
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