Nonconsensual pornography, also commonly referred to as revenge porn, is the unlawful dissemination of intimate photos.
This form of cyberbullying is becoming an epidemic that is risking the safety of our children of all ages.
You may be surprised to find out this issue spans multiple age groups and affects youth from pre-teen through teenage and into their college years.
Today's youth, both male and female, are sharing intimate and personal photos of themselves with their peers via SMS and social media.
These photos are stolen from hacked phones by cybercriminals, or purposefully shared by 'former friends' of the youth.
In either case, the images end up on the internet in less than flattering posts designed to harass or intimidate.
We are not here to judge or embarrass the youths, they were victimized, and we only want to empower them to fight back.
Even seemingly innocent images such as a day at the beach with the family can be stolen from social media accounts and posted to underground websites on the dark web by cyber-perverts looking to prey on young and unsuspecting children.
When the teen discovers their personal and intimate images are being shared online, it can be emotionally devastating for them to know others are seeing those photos, and this realization haunts the victims for years.
Cyberbullying: Strategies to battle the hidden threat to today’s school children:
Written by the creator of www.Cyberbully.watch, S. M. Carlson, an online harassment and bullying expert, brings a common sense approach to battling cyberbullying and revenge pornography. Cyberbullying offers advice for educators, parents, law enforcement, and lawmakers on how to implement programs to combat this problem in their community before it destroys another child's life.
At Cyberbully.watch, we provide educators, parents, law-enforcement officials, and lawyers with tools to combat this growing threat.
We know social media safety, and sexting can be a touchy subject to discuss with teens and their parents. The fact is photos initially intended for a close audience of friends can be stolen or otherwise shared online leading to online embarrassment and infliction of emotional pain.
Cyberbully.watch advocates for teens and their parents to sit down and take back their privacy and safety online.
Our tools spider social media sites, pornographic websites, photo sharing services, online dating websites, and even the dark web searching for photographs that may have been used in ways not intended by the persons in the picture.
Our tool is free for parents and schools to use to perform a quick search. If the photo you upload matches anything in our records, we automatically generate a case number for investigation. For the safety of all persons, we DO NOT provide the actual results back to un-vetted persons using our system; only verified lawyers and law enforcement investigators are empowered to unlock cases and purchase the full report. More details can be found in our Safety Pledge.
First, the most important thing to remember is your child is a victim. No matter how you feel about this situation, now is not the time to be accusatory or hostile. They may be unaware the photos exist. A few possible reasons include: they could have been stolen from a mobile device or covertly taken from a hacked webcam in the teen's bedroom. It is also common for teenagers to be a victim of blackmail, sometimes referred to as sextortion. Only a full investigation can determine the source of the photos.
If your child was a minor when the photos were taken, it is critical to inform law enforcement. Distribution of sexually explicit images of minors is illegal in the United States and may assist you in having them removed quicker.