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Is there porn on social media?

The internet is amazing. You can search one thing and get thousands if not millions of results related to it. Social media has made using the web even better. So much so that 71% of 9 -17-year-olds visit these sites regularly and 26% (that’s 1 out of 4 ) of 6-year-olds are on social media.

 

Imagine this, you’re on Twitter, chatting with friends when suddenly you feel the need to watch videos of kittens. You don’t even have to leave the app, just search, and thousands of kitten videos, memes, gifs and pictures come up.

 

Okay, why don’t you try searching ‘singing’? More results, right? So imagine your child searching for porn.

 

Yes, there is porn on social media and

Yes, your child can find porn on social media.

 

Unfortunately, most social media deems your children adults and treat them with the liberty of such. Allowing them to make the decisions as to what they can or want to view online.

 

 

Here is a list of social media that allow for pornographic content

 

Twitter

This is an online social networking and news app that allows users to communicate in short messages called ‘tweets’. 1 out of 3 (32%) American teens and adolescents is on twitter and use it regularly. That number is up to 38% in global research.

 

The number of porn accounts on Twitter are close to 10 million. The dark corners of the app are known for being used in the distribution of child pornography. In Asia alone, as of 2017, there were over 500 thousand (521,407 to be exact) reports and complaints solely about pornographic content on the app.

 

 

Tumblr

Tumblr is a social networking site that lets users effortlessly share anything from quotes to music to photos to videos and links. It is accessible on any device.

 

Studies indicate that about half of Tumblr users see porn while on it. 22% of the traffic Tumblr receives from other sites is going straight to one of these porn websites. Yikes!

 

It is also estimated that over 10 million porn bots are posting pornographic content on the medium. If this is not a cause for worry, I don’t know what is.

 

Snapchat

Snapchat is a mobile messaging app for sharing pictures, videos, text messages and drawings. It is particularly popular with young people for its fun filters, geographic location sharing, photo editing, and expiring/disappearing content. Over 69% of teens and adolescents are on Snapchat.

 

The app started as a ‘safe’ means to sext. Because the videos and images posted erase after 24 hours, and those sent directly to others are auto-erased within ten seconds of the receiver’s viewing. Even though the app notifies the user when someone takes screenshots of their private content, the user cannot remotely delete the screenshot.

 

 

Flickr

Flickr is a photo sharing and hosting site powered by Yahoo. Although one cannot particularly find pornographic videos on this site, completely nude images are not hard to find as they are considered ‘art’.

 

 

Vimeo

Vimeo is a social media site for sharing high definition videos. Pornography is no exception. Provocative content is posted daily and even advocated for via this medium.

 

As for social media such as Google+, Instagram and Facebook where nude images or videos can result in the blockage of the posting account, what’s to stop the users from sending/receiving erotic or pornographic content in the privacy of a direct message?

 

Statistics show that 1 out of every 3 (33%) of all internet-related sex crimes are associated with social media sites. It is crucial that as parents, we protect our kids’ social media and do not remain ignorant about what is happening. Let’s keep our kids safe online.

 

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