Technology And Child Abuse

How to avoiding and report online crimes against children, including images of child sexual abuse and grooming of children for later abuse.


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Pinwheels for Prevention: National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Pinwheels for Prevention

Displaying pinwheels is important in raising awareness, because the number of pinwheels can be used to raise awareness of the large number of children who are suffering from abuse and neglect.

This video, courtesy of WYTV, Andrea Mistovich, coordinator for the Child Advocacy Center at the Akron Children’s Hospital Beeghly Campus, discusses the Pinwheels for Prevention Project.

“it’s child-friendly toy and you’ll notice it only takes a little bit of wind to make it move, just like it takes just one person to make a difference in a child’s life”

Why should you care about preventing child abuse?

from Prevent Child Abuse America

Around the country more and more pinwheels are being put on display.  On Tuesday, the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County placed 1,500 pinwheels at Kiwanis Park. Prevent Child Abuse Utah in aiming to distribute 75,000 pinwheels this year, and handed out 50,000 last year.

The East lawn of the Historic Franklin County Courthouse in Union, Missouri

The East lawn of the Historic Franklin County Courthouse in Union, Missouri

Have you got your pinwheel yet? Is it visible?
What is happening in your area, and how you can join in?

A great blog on Pinwheels is here Pinwheels to Prevent Child Abuse. (Discussing Dissociation)

Further links:

For the Abused

Stopping Abuse

I wrote this piece about a decade ago, and posted it online last year in tribute to the courageous victims of Coach Jerry Sandusky who spoke out and helped protect future victims.

But some of it applies to children who survive traumas of any kind–and I post it with a heart that is still breaking for those children who witnessed their classmates being gunned down in Sandy Hook Elementary.

The tragedy fuels me forward in my work with determination and hope that we can find a way in coming days to crack the code on how to do much more to protect the children of the world from these types of dangers and traumas.

And how we can do much more to stop the abuse, and in particular the sexual abuse, of children in their safest of places.

For the Abused

We, Your Oppressors:
We’re sorry we pushed you down

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For kids & young people – Child Abuse Prevention Month

About you & young people you know
Children suffering abuse or neglect often tell their friends first – here is how to help, or what to do if you are being neglected or abused.

Firstly, don’t ignore it!
Easy things to do are to find out more about how to help, and to tell your friend that it’s not their fault.

Secondly, don’t keep it secret – but be careful who you tell
Tell people who can help, especially if it’s their job to help – call a children’s helpline or charity, tell a doctor or teacher you trust, or your parents.

If the first person you tell doesn’t listen then just keep telling.
Don’t tell people who might gossip or find it interesting – adults are the best people to tell because they often know what to do, and can help reassure you.

Keeping secrets about child abuse only protects the person doing the abuse, and lets them carry on doing it.

Lastly – Don’t worry about being believed – report it anyway

Often young people being neglected or abused can be angry and misbehave. Sometimes they might have told lies about small things in the past, but lying about child abuse is very, very rare.
If you report abuse through a helpline, or to someone whose job means they can report abuse then they have a duty not to judge the child, only to investigate the neglect or abuse. The person might be abusing other people as well, or might have abused other people in the past.

How abusers might try to stop abusing being reported
Many abusers pick on ‘vulnerable’ children, such as those with problem behavior or a difficult family life, those with learning difficulties, those involved in minor crimes (like stealing or drinking alcohol). They think these children are less likely to be believed if they tell and often these children don’t have as many reliable adults to tell.

Abusers can groom someone to try to make them agree to the abuse, this is very common with sexual abuse. Grooming can involve giving cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, gifts or money – the idea is to make the child feel loyal to them and that they are a friend to the child. Sometimes abusers starting with ‘online friendships’ or ‘online dating’ and lie about their abuse, this is major cause of abuse.

Grooming can also involve manipulating the child in order to blackmail them – don’t tell or I will tell that you take drugs, don’t tell or I will post rude images of you on the internet. If they do try to post rude images then they are breaking the law and the pictures can be removed, and they have committed a crime.

Abusers lie. They can pretend to be nice people and safe people for children to be around. They often get parents and neighbors to trust them or do charity work, kids can see them as ‘cool’, especially if they break the rules sometimes. They might be friends with a lot of your friends. This is another way to stop children telling. Some people wrongly thing that women don’t abuse children. Some people wrongly thing that boys and young men should be able to stop abuse on their own or that they might be choosing to be sexual with an older woman – but sexual abuse happens to boys too.

You can report it online or by telephone anonymously.

You do not have to be sure it is abuse or neglect to report your suspicions.

Some abusers are parents.

This makes it very hard for a child to tell, because children love their parents and are afraid of what might happen to them. Here is a video from a parent who used to abuse her children, but got help to understand why and to stop the abuse.

Reporting neglect and abuse

United States https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/rl_dsp.cfm?rs_id=5&rate_chno=W-00082

New Zealand http://www.occ.org.nz/advice   http://www.childmatters.org.nz/
Australia http://www.police.wa.gov.au/YOURSAFETY/ChildProtection/ReportingChildAbuse/tabid/1241/Default.aspx   http://au.reachout.com/Emergency-Help
United Kingdom http://www.childline.org.uk

Reporting online child pornography, pedophile sites, grooming for abuse

Reporting pedophiles and images of children being hurt or abused on the internet is easy!
You can do it anonymously.

http://www.watchdoginternational.net/index.php/child-sexual-abuse/report-child-abuse

What can you do today for Child Abuse Prevention Month?

  • You can let your friends know you are a safe person to talk to about ‘bad’ things.
  • You can share posts like this to help other people learn more about abuse and reporting it.

              Where is the Report Child Abuse button on facebook??

http://opscarecrow.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/demanding-a-dedicated-reporting-function-for-cai/

  • You can join the Operation Scarecrow group on facebook so you have somewhere to report things to quickly
  • You can follow or ‘like’ http://www.justtell.org/
  • You can make your facebook, twitter, tumblr, myspace, pininterest, flickr accounts more secure – block anonymous access and reduce your friends list
  • You can add a blue ribbon or Child Abuse prevention/awareness image to your social networking site, or use it as your online image. You can even make one yourself.

Games!

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/internet_safety.html

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

http://primarygamesarena.com/redirect.php?id=377

  • You can find out even more about recognizing abuse and neglect here

http://helpguide.org/mental/child_abuse_physical_emotional_sexual_neglect.htm#reporting