I’ve recently read a few articles, (I’ll share the link at the bottom of the post) and have received messages about a viral video/link that’s been spreading around Facebook involving a minor that is sexual in nature. I have done some research and thankfully said video and its origin is being investigated by multiple law enforcement agencies including the FBI. That being said, should anyone receive this video or link please do not view it, immediately report it to Facebook, and this should go without saying DO NOT share it. It is a crime to share/spread content that is sexual in nature involving minors and could result in felony charges.
This brings up another important topic if you have children that are on social media. It’s important that your children understand the seriousness of a situation like this, and that they know what to do should they ever encounter something inappropriate online. We now live in a world where once something is shared online it is very difficult, if not impossible to completely get rid of. If you haven’t already I would suggest taking some time to sit down and talk with your children about the appropriate use of social media, and the importance of not participating in behavior that could endanger them or others.
A good resource for education on this topic, as well as a place to report any exploitation of children is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (http://www.missingkids.com/home). Please take some time, especially if you have children, to view some of the educational tools on their website to educate yourself and your children on safe use of the internet.
Hopefully this all made some sense and will help anyone with questions. If there are any questions or issues I did not address that you would like addressed, please feel free to ask by commenting or sending us a message.