Sunday, January 22, 2017

Kids and Porn

I saw this on one of those clickbait sites (the type who just steal salacious stuff off Reddit threads and re-package it as 'an article') but felt it was worth sharing here. It's called 'Prying Parents Share The Worst Thing They Discovered About Their Child' and though I have nothing to share (honest!) it struck a chord because my daughter is into Japanese Anime. So I'm guessing she's probably seen 'Tentacle Porn' because she's just turned 15 and it seems kids are accessing porn younger and younger now thanks to The Glorious Internet. As the screenshot below 'proves', even prepubescent kids are looking at it.

Source: 'Prying Parents Share The Worst Thing They Discovered About Their Child'

I know we all saw porn too when we were kids, but I have to insist it was different then. Maybe I'm just showing my (old) age, but even though we got to see it (usually via someone's father's or older brother's Playboy stash) it was not an everyday occurrence. Nor even weekly. But today's kids can access it 24/7 via the internet and that can't be good. I have no idea what my daughter is watching because she changed her passwords and won't give them to us because she knows 'her right to privacy' and her mother feels that we should trust her...

The thing is, there are all sorts of predators out there and young kids don't have the skills to discern what's dangerous or not. They're even being tricked into making fetish videos without realising it. Because the videos don't include nudity they often don't get flagged or reported. The kids accepting these 'challenges' and making the videos often have no idea that some adult is getting off on them squishing things or sucking toes - they think it was just another kid 'daring' them to do something weird.

As this article points out:
The YouTubers taking the challenges are very young, and they are making fetish content for adults. They just don’t know it. The thing is that, devoid of context, the videos aren’t contravening any of YouTube’s terms and conditions. They are posted by the user themselves, and their content is G-rated.
Ally and Maddie’s channel never uploads its own videos; it just uses its account to create playlists of the Q&A videos posted on the children’s accounts. The channel subscribes to over 900 accounts, almost entirely belonging to young girls.
As this article points out, some kids are finally waking up to it - and warning others:
Aryn McConnell is only 14 years old, but she’s an active and adept user of YouTube. Especially when it comes to fending off the pedophiles who troll the site for child porn.
“People are sending me really bad messages and, like, being really dirty and stuff,” says Aryn in the YouTube video here. “So how ’bout all you perverts get off my YouTube account? Because me and my sister are not here for you guys to get horny.”
As I've mentioned previously, my own daughter got exposed to porn during an after school playdate with a friend. Her friend's two older sisters (16 and 17) thought it would be fun to show two 10y.o. girls what a guy jerking off on 4chan looked like, so hooked them up to a webcam show. The show was live - the guy knew he had two 10y.o.'s watching but my daughter had no idea (literally) of what was coming. My daughter was dared by the three sisters to keep watching, even as he pulled his cock out, and was shocked/disgusted/traumatised when he came. The other girls all laughed when he did, and laughed at my daughter's reaction, so of course she laughed too and pretended it was no big deal.

But it was and she didn't want to go on playdates to that girls house anymore. She never told us why and we had no idea, so we kept making her go because the other kids mother kept inviting her and my wife liked the mother (even tho' the mother was never home for these playdates) so always accepted. It was me that finally put a stop to it since I could tell my daughter didn't want to go, even if she didn't articulate why. Our daughter was happy(ish) for the girl to come to our house, but she didn't want to go to hers. That to me was A HUGE RED FLAG!!

Our daughter only told us what had happened two years later, after she had switched schools and the 'friend' was out of the picture. So... if you have kids BE VIGILANT. Better yet, teach them to be vigilant:


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