National Child Protection Council Addresses Child Pornography

Posted on: April 18, 2016

Authored by: Matt Maura
Source: Bahamas Information Services
Date: April 18, 2016


NASSAU, The Bahamas – Pornography has become the “perfect drug or the new cocaine” for citizens globally due to its accessibility, availability and affordability, but not just among adults.

Officials say children as young as five years of age have access to pornographic images on a daily basis due to the fact that they are allowed to surf the Internet, watch television and have access to Smart Phones without parental supervision. Many others have private televisions in their bedrooms that they are allowed to watch, once again unsupervised, while one-in-ten children have access to a mobile or smart phone that many adults do not know how to operate.

Research further shows that more and more children’s magazines, children’s books, game consoles, television shows, music tracts and videos, movies, 900 numbers, etcetera, are featuring more and more explicit programming/material that contain what is basically “soft porn” images.

“Pornography is having a more powerful, negative, impact on children than video-gaming and junk food combined,” Dr. Novia Carter, a senior child psychologist with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said.

“Pornography re-programmes the brain, especially in children and adolescents. Parents need to be more aware of what their children are watching; what they are listening to; what they are doing with their smart phones, and be more vigilant of the sites their children are visiting on the Internet, which — while still maintaining its value as an educational tool — is being used as a tool to draw more and more children into the world of pornography and to sexually exploit them.”

Statistics also show that 90 per cent of 8-16 year-olds have viewed porn images online – most while doing homework; that the average age of a child’s first Internet exposure to pornography was at 11 years of age; that 80 per cent of 15-17 year-olds have had multiple exposures to hardcore pornography and that the largest consumer of Internet pornography, was the 12-17 age group category.

Conversely, 1 in 7 children are sexually solicited online everyday; 1 in 3 children are exposed to pornographic images online daily and that an estimated 80 per cent of convicted sex offenders have access to a computer and are online daily.

A Study done in the United Kingdom, indicated that there is a growing concern about access to adult material and grooming by paedophiles for children in the 5-7 age-group category after the same study showed that 1-5 children aged 5-7 had unlimited, unsupervised access to the internet without parental supervision.

Dr. Carter, who also serves as the Co-Chairperson of the National Child Protection Council (NCPC) and is the Author/Creator of the local Children’s Coloring Book, Say No, Then Go, urged parents to be more vigilant with their children.

She said the introduction of smart phones and internet-based applications, are not only allowing young children to “interact with persons outside of the household,” but to also get involved in pornographic activity which can come back to haunt them later in life.

“Remember in the past when you were sent to your room as a punishment because there was very little to do in that room outside of your homework or going to sleep? That’s no longer the case as some children are using that as an opportunity to go online; to use their smart phones and all the apps available to them in ways that can be detrimental to them,” Dr. Carter said.

“Take into consideration that statistics in the United States of America indicate that 80 per cent of convicted sexual offenders have access to computers and are online daily. Statistics further show that 1-3 children are exposed to pornographic images online everyday while 1-7 are sexually solicited online everyday. Do the numbers.”

Dr. Carter warned parents and/or guardians not to downplay the statistics just because they reflect what is going on in the United States of America and other parts of the world that may seem far away from The Bahamas and therefore “out of reach.”

“It’s called the worldwide web for a reason,” Dr. Carter added.

All News

Farewell Reception Held for the Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas

Authored by: Llonella Gilbert Source: Bahamas Information Services Date: March 28, 2016   Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell presents His Excellency Yuan Guisen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, with a gift at the Farewell Reception in honour of the…

Ministry of Health Press Release – Ebola Remains Unlikely

Authored by: Ministry of Health Source: Ministry of Health Date: March 28, 2016   The Ministry of Health and its agencies including the Public Hospitals Authority, Department of Public Health and the Pan American Health Organization in an update this morning maintains that a suspected case of Ebola at the Princess Margret Hospital is unlikely….

Ministry of foreign affairs press statement on allegations regarding the nationality of the belgium bombing suspect

NASSAU, Bahamas, 24 March, 2016 — The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas expresses its prayers and sympathy to the Government and people of the Kingdom of Belgium over the tragic loss of life, injury and destruction during the recent terrorist attacks. The Government reaffirms its commitment to the fight against terrorism in all…

Statement on the Belgium Bombings

The Bahamas stands with the people of Belgium today in the face of another act of terror that demonstrates the all too real radicalization of extremist views in modern life. We pledge to continue to work together with the world community to stop these atrocities. We offer our condolences and sympathy to the Government and…

CG attends reception for csw 60 delegates

NEW YORK — Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, attended a reception hosted by H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), on Friday, March 18, 2016, at Alibaba Restaurant, 862 Second Avenue, for Bahamian delegates attending the sixtieth session of the…