The latest trends in kiddie porn

The world has seen a lot of increases related to the Internet over the past year.

Blogs have exploded in popularity and in quantity, viruses and security patches have been released at a frenzied pace, and more and more people are getting connected via the web.

Spam has increased (in case you hadn’t noticed), but there’s something else that’s increased that most people probably aren’t as aware about — “kiddie porn”.

According to InformationWeek, “The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline logged a 39% increase in reports of possession, creation, or distribution of child pornography in 2004, the seventh consecutive year child-pornography incidents have trended upward since the federally funded group set up its 24-hour hot line in 1998.”

That’s not just annoying, folks. That’s downright terrifying.

This means that more and more kids are becoming victims of child pornography — whether it’s through exposure to images or through being forced to pose or participate in creating those images.

Not scary enough? Then consider this — the increase in child porn means the odds of YOUR child becoming a victim are increasing.

As annoying as spammers, hackers, social engineers and pop-up advertising may be, it’s easy to disassociate yourself from these things; it’s easy to argue that they’re not physically hurting anyone.

Kiddie porn does hurt, though, and there’s no arguing otherwise. The sphere of hurt goes beyond the obvious — that of the children and their families. It takes its toll on those who fight to protect the children, too.

A recent article — “The Pain Behind the Pictures” — by Parry Aftab, opens our eyes to the brutal reality of this issue.

It’s becoming more and more critical that parents and teachers educate their children and their families about online safety.

“Ignorance is bliss” only goes so far, and when it involves children, our ignorance could become our own child’s death sentence…

One Response to The latest trends in kiddie porn

  1. Parry Aftab February 18, 2005 at 7:29 pm #

    Thanks for the kind link to our site.
    We appreciate the help.

    Parry

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