Not grossness as in mold or bugs in the food or worms in the garbage kind of grossness. No, this is far worse.
This is human grossness.
This is not for the faint of heart. If you’re sensitive, you probably won’t want to read this – you’ll probably want to skip to another entry. On the other hand, if you’re a parent of children or teenagers, you’re probably better off reading this anyway. Or if you’re responsible for children/teenagers, or you’re an aunt/uncle to them, or that sort of thing.
I debated not posting this. The content of the news article is… disturbing.
Be warned. The article includes explicit sexual references in relation to minors. I’m serious about this warning.
Through His Webcam, a Boy Joins a Sordid Online World. NY Times.
The summary is this: a boy, at 13, becomes increasingly wooed by child pornographers into selling images of himself and makes a helluvalot of money doing it. When he tells his dad, his dad becomes his business partner. It talks about how a lot of children get involved in this sort of thing and how easy it is.
And no, I’m not quoting from that article. Not one bit. If you want to read it, go there.
If you want to know how to protect your children, start with not having computers and internet access in anyone’s bedroom. Put it in the livingroom or somewhere else where anyone can see exactly what’s on that computer screen.
If you want to know more, here’s one site you can check out: Kim’s 10 Commandments for Kids Online.
Remember, anyone can pretend to be anyone online.