Walking with your family through the crowded streets this December, you are all taking in the incredible festive atmosphere of Christmas, the shops and markets, enjoying the beautiful aroma of freshly cooked food for sale, the glow of the lights and smile on people’s faces passing by. You might all pause to laugh, as your child’s device suddenly starts to play “Here comes Santa Clause” the chosen festive notification alert. Suddenly your attention is drawn to the look of horror on your child face, as they unlock their phone only to discover someone has Air Dropped an image of a naked man with an erect penis to their phone.Fear and anger quickly envelops you as you look around at the many faces passing. The dark realisation that somebody in this festive crowd, has just exposed themselves to your child and is probably looking at you right now, to see your reaction and that of your child’s. The child has just become a victim of "Cyber Flashing"
It will have come as a shock to many this week, to see a young 24-year-old Dublin woman charged with the defilement of a child, a teenage boy. This is something we have not really seen in Ireland up to now. A very young woman, who if convicted of the alleged offence, will be registered Sex Offender. The reported allegations involve a student from the school she worked in, who was under 17.
Students at Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, recently discovered in a study, that two out of every three people in the school, had received a sexualized image, or had been asked for one. The results led students to launch their own Sexting awareness campaign. Sexting is an obvious source of concern for… Continue reading Two out of every three Post Primary students, asked to send, or have received Sexualised Images – Advice for Parents
Today we would like to discuss, how harmful it can be for Children to share inappropriate images of themselves, with others when using their devices. Incredibly we have found that Children in Irish Primary Schools in 5th and 6th class, are very aware of this behaviour. What some Children can believe is a just a funny image or photo of themselves, can have really serious long negative effects if shared with others.
‘Sexting’, described as the sending of sexually explicit messages, through digital devices, primarily the mobile phone. A relatively new phenomenon, with the saturation of digital devices over the last few years there has been a marked increase in those who will openly admit sending in explicit or inappropriate image to another’s digital device of… Continue reading Sexting