Parents need to be aware of a dangerous aspect of the pandemic for children: easy access to explicit content.
Some children are back in school, and others are not, but the prospect of harm has increased since the lockdown began in March.
Donna Rice Hughes of Enough is Enough tells AFN some stats are frightening, especially concerning a jump in sexual exploitation such as child pornography that depicts even toddlers.
Reports of crisis sex trafficking cases have increased 40 percent during the lockdown, and children have been exposed to extreme pornography content for several months.
“Sexting is up 183 percent,” Hughes warns. “Sexting is when anyone sends sexually explicit images of themselves to someone else. When youths do this, they're actually in effect creating child pornography that puts them at great risk and danger if that content gets out, gets in the hands of predators.”
Teen Vogue, which targets young girls, recently encouraged its young readers to keep their sex lives alive during the pandemic by sexting pictures of themselves.
Hughes says the first line of defense is parents, and Enough is Enough is asking them to sign a petition to dump the Internet magazine.
There are also tips for parents to help safeguard children from porn, and, encouragement of pornographers to place young people in danger.