More information is available about Child Pornography. Often times, youth don’t think about consequences and they sometimes don’t understand the full effects and potential dangers from posting content about themselves online.
In many cases, teens share these photos while in a relationship with someone but in reality, these relationships don’t often last forever.
Our primary objective is to protect children and teens from being exploited, harmed, embarrassed or bullied by adults or other youth through the creation and distribution of these images, videos or other content.
The child pornography sections of the Criminal Code of Canada are intended to prevent the sexual exploitation of young people.
Some people may think that images and videos only last a few seconds on social media and then they're deleted, but they can still be saved or copied by others.
This means that photos or videos which a young person may have shared privately could still be end up being shared between adults they don't know.
My thoughts here are intended to provide you (youth) with a specific and simple strategy to help avoid any of these consequences.
If you do receive such an image, odds are that it was sent by a good friend (or a boyfriend or girlfriend).
When images are stored or shared online they become public.
The Internet Predators openly tell their age and their intentions and your kids openly talk to them about their own sexual desires. In the past, the thought was that the Internet predators were duping teenagers into thinking they were talking to a kid their own age.
The statistics of this study shows that teenagers are knowingly chatting to adults. A world where our children still need to be protected from their curiosity.
As a result, you probably don’t want to get this person into too much trouble, but you also know that peddling in these kinds of pictures is probably not going to lead to great things in life (because if you think about it, it is highly inappropriate, morally wrong, and potentially illegal). Well, most adults might advise you to “tell an adult you trust.” This is generally good advice for a lot of problems you run into, however in the case of a naked photo of an under-aged youth, this can be devastating for all involved.
For example, if you show the image to a teacher, he or she is likely required by law to report it to the police.