16:12 (GMT+2), Wed, 02 July 2014| Comments
Nowadays social media has revolutionized the way we communicate and share information with each other. Parents will often share pictures of their children with family members across the world through social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram. But is there a danger?
This debate was sparked by NPA adv Bonnie Currie-Gamwo who allegedly cautioned parents against uploading naked pictures of their children on social media sites as they could be prosecuted for child porn. This is a very serious statement and one that can have severe consequences.
I was joined in studio by the following guests:
Advocate Inez Bezuidenhout, Director of the University of the Free State Law Clinic, which in addition to providing free legal advice to qualifying people, also collaborates and cooperates with all stakeholders regarding socio-economic and legal issues. Bezuidenhout also lectures at the university and serves on the executive committee of the Association of University Legal Aid Institutions (AULAI).
Annemarie Coetzee, social worker for Childline FS and Child Welfare Bloemfontein, stationed at the Tshepong-Thuthuzela Care Centre. Coetzee has 22-years of experience as a social worker and regularly conducts child abuse screening assessments, trauma assessments of victims of crime, crisis intervention, therapeutic intervention and court preparation.
OFM news' senior journalist, Sabrina Dean.
Via telephone: Dr Ian Ellefson, Deputy Director of the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Cyber Security and also senior lecturer and deputy head of department of computer science at UJ. Take a listen to his advice on securing your social media platforms at home in the podcast below.
Lionel Squires, a convicted pedophile sentenced to five years in prison in 2003. Squires was first molested at age 8 by older boys in the back of a bus. On arrival in prison, he realized there wasn’t really an active rehabilitation programme and initiated Pedostop. In his own words, the aim of Pedostop is to rehabilitate people like him.
Here is what he wrote: “I am not a monster or freak of nature. There are a lot of people like me roaming about undetected, causing a lot of damage to our society. “I know what I was and tried to stop on my own. I couldn’t do it alone and felt like freak, but now I know it is possible. Enough support and the correct therapy can change a person.”
To report child abuse call the following hotline 0800 148 148 or visit the following site: http://www.fpbprochild.org.za/
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