Digital Pornography and the Children

Comments on the book “Digital Sexual Victims: True Cases”

by Charlene E. Doak-Gebauer

 

The author poses a big question: How our society protects children under the age of 16 from the dangers that lurk in the digital world? Electronic devices such computers and cell phones offer access to a huge amount of information–some very detrimental to the well-being of children.

At the beginning, the author describes a tragic case at length and then reports of two incidents of which she was the victim.  After this kind of prologue, she depicts the different phases of child pornography: how sexual predators lure very young people; how they acquire and distribute pictures with sexual content; how parents unknowingly supply information, mostly through Facebook, on the household, school, children’s friends, their children’s accomplishments and activities; how all this can help a predator build a profile of the targeted victim and initiate him/her to visual sexual activities. All this information can also help a predator to stalk a child in the vicinity of the school or playground and ultimately can provide a means to abduct the child.

Parents are the natural and primary “defenders”; the author lists a number of suggestions for the parents to be in control of how their children communicate with friends via social media—mainly using computers hooked up to the Internet or cell phones. Some of these suggestions require a bit of computer knowledge, others are elementary. To start with, she suggests to keep the family main server in a safe place out of children’s reach (the parents’ bedroom for instance). If there is some computer knowledge, the parents can install software that routes what is on the child’s cell phone and/or personal computer (messages and pictures from friends, downloads from the Internet) onto the family server where it can be easily checked. If there is limited computer knowledge, then protect the children from late-hour communication; this is the time predators prefer for contacting potential victims. Just turn off the Internet (router or modem) at night and have the children’s phones turned in.

Finally, a section at the end explains what child pornography consists of according to The Child Protection Act of the Canadian Criminal Code. See:

http:// laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/section-163.1.htm

This book is an incredible source of up-to-date facts, strategies and suggestions to protect children from predators with digital expertise.

 

Announcing Nomination

LEMONCELLA COCKTAIL, THE NEW NOVEL BY AWARD WINNER RENE NATAN HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR A GLOBAL EBOOK AWARD

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A Snapshot at the Plot. Lemoncella Cocktail is an action-based novel. Nobody believed that Patrick Carter, a shy young man once accused of killing his father, would come out of his comfort zone and be part of the bloody fight against arms trafficking.

The Background. Weapons trafficking is an occurrence that has always been going on in the country but has intensified in recent years. See, for instance, the reports of the RCMP Commissioner of Firearms. It’s surpassed, internationally, only by the trafficking of immigrants, a topic Rene Natan used as central theme in her previous novel. Lemoncella Cocktail, however, while illustrating how weapons can be smuggled across provinces, territories and countries, aims primarily at entertaining the reader.

More on the plot. Patrick Carter is a young man with no specific trade; in the holiday season he serves as a barman and lifeguard on the shores of Lake Huron. The season is not over yet when his boss lays him off. Disheartened, he’s heading back to London, Ontario, 9781480832350_COVER.inddwhen his old pickup truck dies. He’s walking home when he hears a scream for help. He doesn’t hesitate. He rushes to the river shores, plunges into the waters and pulls a drowning girl ashore, safe and sound. The criminals are upset. Now they have to eliminate not only the girl but also the good Samaritan who may have seen them. The plot thickens. The head of the criminal gang is Oscar Calander who deals in weapons trafficking. He uses his father’s transport company as a screen for his illicit business…

The Author. Rene Natan authored ten novels, three of which won international recognition. The Loves and Tribulations of Detective Stephen Carlton got Silver in the 2015 Global Ebook Awards (contemporary romance/erotica); The Woman in Black won Second Place in the 2015 Royal Dragonfly Award (romance); The Blackpox Threat (a spy story) was a Finalist in the 2011 National Indie Excellence Award and won first prize in the 2012 Five Star Dragonfly Award. Her books are available at Amazon.com as ebooks and in print. Her most recent thriller, based on underage prostitution, Fleeting Visions, was chosen to be included in the Timeless Anthologies of The Reader’s Guild (2016).

Rene Natan likes to hear from her readers. If anybody has a comment or a question, write to: irenegargantini@aol.com. See also http://www.vermeil.biz

About the Global Ebook Awards. The Global Ebook Awards honour and bring attention to the future of book publishing: Ebooks. Now in its seventh year, the Awards are in over 100 specific categories. They are open to all publishers large and small so that a winner is the best in its category not just the best of small or regionally-published ebooks. Most ebooks are also available as printed books.

Ordering information. On sale on Amazon.com. Ebook price: $4.57. https://amzn.com/B01IO4H182. http://www.vermeil.biz; email: irenegargantini@aol.com; video trailer: https://amzn.com/B01IO4H182