It is reported that in Madagascar a 17-year-old girl was asked by her teacher for $300 in exchange for a passing grade. Desperate to find the money, the young girl reached out to a man she’d been in contact with online for six months. The man kidnapped and raped her. The man and teacher were both arrested.
It’s now easier to reach children looking at how digital connectivity has brought them closer and also how it has made offenders anonymous.
Social media and many other platforms allow offenders to follow their victims into their lives.
According to the report by UNICEF, ‘the state of the world’s children 2017, in the 2016 NetClean Report’, a survey of police officers in 26 countries showed that the material they handle in their investigations primarily depicts children from Europe and North America. One respondent to the survey explained that children are more likely to be victims if they live in “countries with high internet devices per person and reliable internet service” or in countries that have “poor or no laws prohibiting sex offenses against children and also have easy access to children.
The report adds:
Most regulatory approaches to protecting child privacy online have been based on principles of parental consent. Approaches vary among countries, but typically service providers are required, or in some cases advised, to obtain verified parental consent before offering services to, or collecting data from, children below a certain threshold age – for example, 13 in the United States, 14 in Spain and 18 in South Africa.
The excitement of the growing digital world is also a growing concern on parents about the safety of their children.