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(Original air date 03/21/19)
Every day new technologies are being handed to our kids that will catapult them from the safety and sanctity of their own homes to becoming performers on the world stage. Much of this technology is encrypted or vaporware (disappearing video) which means the child is isolated from parental supervision resulting in the child being solely responsible for their decisions and behaviors. Advancing technologies mean that a pedophile no longer has to worm their way through the Instagram system and seduce your child, but, rather, on Tik Tok, your child freely performs before potentially millions of strangers, who can communicate with your child and know their profile information and geo location.
Few of us understand the over-ranging impact of this Societal Shift. Global Social Technology will change our kids and how they perceive relationships. Gone are the days when you friended and unfriended. With mass audience live-streaming, our kids develop goals of having tens of thousands of followers where very few of them are “personal” friends. The challenge is that our kids are still using real-life relationship criteria to evaluate the integrity of the people they are communicating with. Teaching our children to transition between the cyber-fantasy world and real-life decision consequences may be one of the greatest challenges for this generation.
Human Trafficking & Child Pornography expert, Opal Singleton, has educated tens of thousands of first responders, government agencies, civic leaders, school administrators, medical personnel, faith-based organizations, parents & grand-parents about how predators operate and how to prevent young people from
(Original air date 03/14/19)
This week we are going to look at how communication, relationships, and sexual exhibition has changed based on new technologies. For one-to-one conversations, it started with email then moved to texting. Facebook followed and we began to choose who would be our “friends” and “unfriended” the undesirables. Today, most teens would die of embarrassment using either email or Facebook. In fact, less than 5% of Facebook users are teenagers.
Soon technology evolved into instant messaging apps such as Kik, WeChat, and WhatsApp. As these became the norm, apps like Line, Viber, and Skype offered free calling with video and group chat. Immediate interactions were accelerated on a global scale with Instagram, Facebook Messenger and Snapchat, all of which became enormously successful and popular with teens.
All of these technologies changed how teens communicate. They formed online local communities with group chats. Even today many teens are using Tango, which has a four-mile geo-based function to talk with strangers near their home. It is a favorite of gangs in some communities. Whisper was an app that kids used to tell their secrets believing it is safer to tell strangers than to tell their own friends (go figure).
Chat Roulette and Omegle, where kids can meet total strangers while sitting in their bedrooms unsupervised, brought mass audience individual live-streaming and video chat rooms. And, mobile device face-time technology literally tore down the walls of our homes while teens conducted the most intimate of acts at any time to be shared with any one.
Finally, we encountered encrypted messaging, disappearing video, ghost apps, vaporware and the dark net. And, even more recently, we have mass-audience live-streaming apps such as Live.Me and Tik Tok where kids perform in front of potentially millions of strangers.
Each of these apps has given pedophiles and predators access to groom, recruit and exploit our kids. THE WORLD HAS DRAMATICALLY SHIFTED IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS.
(Original air date 03/07/19)
Kids love it. Parents are oblivious. Sounds like a game so kids as young as 9-years-old are playing on it. The parental warning is that you need to be 16 to use it, and nobody seems to either understand or care. Follow Million Kids on Facebook and you will see it is fast becoming one of the most used apps by pedophiles and predators. SO WHAT IS IT?
Recently, Tik Tok surpassed Facebook for number of users globally. It is owned by Chinese firm, Bytedance, headquartered in Singapore. Tik Tok bought Musical.ly about six months ago and surged to become the favorite app of young kids around the world. Facebook is now fighting back with "Lasso" that has similar features but with the added ability to share your Lasso videos on Instagram and Facebook. This means your child can reach thousands perhaps millions of total strangers. These technologies will change our world so PAY ATTENTION MOM AND DAD!
Tik Tok offers the ability to make short videos with music, stickers, filters and other special effects. It is the worlds most far reaching chat site. It is, in essence, live streaming on steroids. There are only two privacy settings: Private or Public. The ONLY reason most kids are on Tik Tok is to reach thousands of people and become famous or discovered. In pedophile vocabulary, this is called “available and vulnerable.”
It should also be noted that Tik Tok uses a CHILD'S FACIAL RECOGNITION to detect facial expressions. Kids think this is really cool because they can add special effects to make them look funny or cute. But, what no one is saying is whether this facial recognition is being stored or if it will later be shared as user data, which is often done through artificial intelligence.
Million Kids President, Opal Singleton, says in her presentations that this technology "will change our world for young children." It will change how kids communicate, how they perceive relationships, how they perceive sexual exhibitionism, and how they interact with strangers. Pedophiles no longer have to track down and seduce our kids. Our kids are eagerly twerking and posing on the world wide marketplace AND THEY ARE SEEKING the approval of the massive audience they are reaching with little or no thought if those recipients are pedophiles looking to seduce and groom innocent young people. All a pedophile has to do is sign up to Tik Tok and wait.
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