The Internet offers content on a vast range
of subjects across websites. Such content
often include sexually explicit images,
violence, gambling, alcohol advertising,
ideological extremism, etc. Although it
has been an ongoing effort, it is quite
difficult to contain/ restrict the availability
of such content on websites.
The advancement in computer and telecommunication
technology has allowed our children to reach
out to new avenues of knowledge but unfortunately
the same technology has made them vulnerable
to exploitation and harm by cyber-sex offenders.
Boys and girls lose their innocence by
viewing pornography at an early age. They
look at this material initially out of curiosity
and find it sexually stimulating and arousing.
In time, they increase their frequency of
exposure and get addicted to it.
There is great deal of inaccurate and misinformation
about human sexuality in contents of most
of the pornographic websites and rather
than being sex education most of it is sex
mis-education. Pornography addictions evolve
into broad-ranging sexual addictions, marriage
break-up, depression, shame, guilt and finally
a loss of control in life.
It leads to desensitized society, which
is dependent upon sex-charged images. Addicts
have their conscience and constraint diminished
or turned off. They get hardened. They lose
compassion. Nothing bothers them.
Proliferation of pornography in communities
also leads to increased crime rate and decreased
Cyber Pornography flourish because of individuals
who attempt to sexually exploit children
through the use of on-line services and
the Internet. These individuals attempt
to gradually lower children's inhibitions
by slowly introducing sexual context and
content into their conversations i.e. "chat,"
as well as the transfer of sexually explicit
information and material with children via
It is important for parents to understand
that children can be indirectly victimized
through conversation, Computer-sex offenders
may also be evaluating children they come
in contact with on-line for future face-to-face
contact and direct victimization.
Following steps will help you in guiding
& tracking your children in the age
Communicate, and talk to your child about
sexual victimization and potential on-line
Spend time with your children on-line. Have
them teach you about their favorite on-line
Keep the computer in a common room in the
house, not in your child's bedroom. It is
much more difficult for a computer-sex offender
to communicate with a child when the computer
screen is visible to a parent or another
member of the household.
Utilize parental controls provided by your
service provider and/or blocking software.
While electronic chat can be a great place
for children to make new friends and discuss
various topics of interest, it is also prowled
by computer-sex offenders. Use of chat rooms,
in particular, should be heavily monitored.
While parents should utilize these mechanisms,
they should not totally rely on them.
Always maintain access to your child's on-line
account and randomly check his/her e-mail.
Teach your child the responsible use of
the resources on-line. There is much more
to the on-line experience than chat rooms.
Find out what computer safeguards are utilized
by your child's school, the public library,
and at the homes of your child's friends.
These are all places, outside your normal
supervision, where your child could encounter
an on-line predator.
Understand, even if your child was a willing
participant in any form of sexual exploitation
that he/she is not at fault and is the victim.
The offender always bears the complete responsibility
for his or her actions.
Instruct your children:
to never arrange a face-to-face meeting
with someone they met on- line;
to never upload (post) pictures of themselves
onto the Internet or on-line service to
people they do not personally know;
to never give out identifying information
such as their name, home address, school
name, or telephone number;
to never download pictures from an unknown
source, as there is a good chance there
could be sexually explicit images;
to never respond to messages or bulletin
board postings that are suggestive, obscene,
belligerent, or harassing;
that whatever they are told on-line may
or may not be true.
You can download Website Blocker filtering
software from http://www.download.com/,
using which you can block unwanted sites
from your computer.
There is a dedicated telephone line number
022-2630829 to the Cyber Crime Investigation
Cell, which may be contacted for further
assistance and / or reporting of cyber crime.
We hope that together we will help each
other in protecting our children from the
ill effects of cyber pornography and utilize
the technology for the betterment of mankind.
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