Experts warn of an increase in digital sexual violence against minors

Experts warn of an increase in digital sexual violence against minors

Lsexual violence on digital platforms towards children and adolescents increased by 157% in 2020, due to the exposure of this group to cyberspace pushed by the pandemic, so it is essential to prevent and address this problem in Mexicoexperts said Thursday.

“We must put children and adolescents who have suffered, are suffering or are at risk of experiencing a situation of violence through technology at the center of the public agenda,” he detailed in Diana Rosales press conferencenational director of SOS Children’s Villages in Mexico.

According to the estudy on cybersecurity in companies, internet users and parents in Mexico 2021, carried out by the Internet Association MX, In the country, 10% of Internet users are children between 6 and 11 years old, while 13.9% are between 12 and 17 years old.

Rosales specified that in Mexico, according to information from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi)just over 4.2 million people aged 12 to 19 experienced cyberbullying, 39% experienced it through offensive messages, 27% had contact with false identities and 26% received sexual advances or proposals.

“These figures show us once again that children need to be heard by everyone,” he asserted.

He pointed out that raising awareness about the use of digital platforms and ensure safe and protective environments for children and adolescents is essential.

For this, he said, “it is important to work together with parents, educators, social networks, content platforms and government agencies to guarantee the protection of children, adolescents and young people from sexual violence that occurs arises in digital media.

PRESENT CAMPAIGN

Within the framework of its 51st anniversary, SOS Children’s Villages presented the campaign “Viralize your voice” with which it seeks to raise awareness among children, adolescents, young people and adults about the use of digital platforms to prevent sexual violence through the Internet.

Rosales Espinosa specified that it is important to provide information that serves as prevention of risk situations for children and adolescents on digital platforms, “accessible complaint mechanisms must be created for them and their families and above all, provide comprehensive care and follow-up to children. and adolescence that has already been violated”.

The bell “His voice goes viral” seeks to bring families, caregivers, children, adolescents and young people friendly materials to identify sexual violence, know what to do in a risk situation and above all invite them to build safe and protective environments when using digital platforms .

The directive reiterated the importance of creating transversal and comprehensive actions that promote and defend the rights of children, adolescents and youth.

For his part, G.opens Polo Herrera, director of Violence Prevention and Attention Policiesof the Executive Secretariat of the National System for the Protection of Children and Adolescents (SIPINNA), assured that “girls, boys and adolescents have the right to access the digital environment and from this exercise their other rights (…) and do so safely and guaranteeing their right to a life free of violence.”

He referred that “adults, especially authorities, must have sufficient information about the forms of online violence, know what it includes, how to prevent it and how to respond to it.”

Laura Reyna, manager of Public Affairs at TikTok, pointed out that the safety of the community on the platform is a priority and that, when dealing with adolescents, efforts are multiplied.

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