When Pornography Laws Can’t Protect Children

When Pornography Laws Can’t Protect Children

This Fall an article appeared in the National Post entitled A Distorted Picture by Joseph Brean. It caused me pause to reflect upon the ineffectiveness of the current child pornography laws in Canada and how important it is today for parents to be more engaged in their children’s online activities. Brean discusses the practice and subsequent consequences of young teens (predominantly girls) sending sexualized, nude selfies to other teens (typically boys).  The boys then share these images with their buddies as casually, if not more enthusiastically, as they would any other type of trading card. Unlike the foil wrapped sports cards I remember from my childhood which included a bonus stick of bubble gum, when these images are traded they come with devastating consequences.  We hear tragic stories in the news of girls becoming victim to the ensuing cyber-attacks on their character. They are humiliated, embarrassed, harassed, shamed, and shunned by their peers. At times to the point of suicide. Teens Sharing Sexualized Images can be...
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