"Parasite" Websites Steal, Repost 88 Percent of Teens' Sexually Explicit Pics
October 22, 2012 11:36 PM
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10,000 out of 12,000 sexually explicit pictures uploaded by teens were reposted by parasite websites
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) found that 88 percent of nude or
sexually explicit photos/videos
posted by teens online are stolen reposted without permission.
The IWF study took a look at 12,224 risque teen images/videos from 68 websites (like social networks) and found that 10,776 of them had been reposted without permission by "parasite" porn websites, which stole the images from commonplace sites like Facebook. The study was conducted over a 47-hour period during four weeks.
"This research gives an unsettling indication of the number of images and videos on the Internet featuring young people performing sexually explicit acts or posing," said Susie Hargreaves, CEO of IWF. "It also highlights the problem of control of these images -- once an image has been copied on to a parasite website, it will no longer suffice to simply remove
the image from the online account
"We need young people to realize that once an image or a video has gone online, they may never be able to remove it entirely."
The study was unable to analyze pictures or messages exchanged over email, smartphone messages or social networks that are protected by firewalls, but it did mention that some of the pictures were taken from stolen cell phones and placed on parasite websites.
The IWF report also gave examples of some teens that were deeply affected by having sexually explicit pictures
placed on parasite websites
. One example was a girl who placed naked pictures on the Internet, then lost control of them as other sites began reposting them.
"I came to regret posting photographs of myself naively on the Internet and tried to forget about it, but strangers recognized me from the photographs and made lewd remarks at school," said the girl. "I endured so much bullying because of this photograph and the others...I was eventually admitted for severe depression and was treated for a suicide attempt."
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RE: And this is a suprise...
10/23/2012 9:31:21 AM
As always, the real truth lies somewhere in between.
First off, there is no one sized fits all universal parenting handbook. If there was, then it would be easy.
In my experience, parenting is a balance between teaching the right values (and leading by example), setting firm rules, but also letting your children make some of their own decisions, and they must also deal with the consequences of such.
I've seen many heavy handed families who raise very respectful kids....until they get out of the house. A taste of freedom quickly becomes intoxicating like a drug. You could always tell the preacher's daughter at college. She was the one gangbanging at the frats.
And every kid is different. Some respond well to heavy handed parenting, others rebel. You have to be flexible as a parent and realize the style that works the best. No kid is the same, so why would the same parenting style work for all of them.
But the point of the original article I don't get is nude pictures on Facebook or any social network (Google+, Myspace, AmIhot, etc). I thought they didn't allow any nude or rated R photos.
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