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Porn video with St. Lucian schoolgirl goes viral; gov’t urged to implement cyber laws

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Felicia Browne.

Felicia Browne.

Human rights activist and President of the Caribbean Mentorship Institute Felicia Browne said she is concerned about the recent uploading and sharing of videos of adolescents in their school uniforms, engaging in pornographic and illegal gang activities.

Browne was referring to a specific incident in which a video involving a female Saint Lucian student having sexual intercourse with a male, was uploaded on the internet and shared with thousands of people.

The female student is said to be attending a city school.

St. Lucia News Online (SNO) was reliably informed that the female student and her parents were called to a meeting on Wednesday with the principal of the school to discuss the incident.

It is not clear if the student has been suspended or if any disciplinary action will be taken against her or those involved in the act.

“The Institute makes a dire plea to inform educational institutions, parents, guardians, mentors and peers to ensure that preventative interventions are implemented to educate youths/students on the potential dangers of social media and the internet,” Browne asserted.

Browne said that social networking is a fundamental aspect of human interaction. “With the fast transmission of information, social media, and by extension the internet have revolutionized societies. Surfing the web and data sharing have also improved the educational and communication skills of our youths,” she stated.

However, in many cases, it has created devastating outcomes for many young victims who have become prey to cyber crimes like cyber bullying, child pornography, identity fraud and child trafficking.

She continues: “Children and teenagers use the internet for entertainment, communication and learning.  Once a child or youth is given an electronic device like a tablet, mobile phone or laptop, he or she should be sensitized to the dangers that may occur with its usage. More often than not, children and youth are given these devices without parental guidance.”

“We should ensure not only that children/youth are taught how to use the device, but that they are also informed of the potential dangers of the virtual world.  Though some older youths may have the capabilities to foresee such dangers; too many of them are becoming victims of these cyber crimes.”

“When students are seen in school uniforms posing with gun images or conducting sexual acts and intercourse, we should reflect on the values- that we have instilled in them as a society. We should not assume that our youths “know better” but rather implement preventative and interactive dialogues that will assist with their formative growth.”

Browne said the Pew Research Center for Internet, Science and Technology recently states that: “24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones. Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly.”

More than half (56%) of teens — defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17 — go online several times a day, and 12% report once-a-day use. Just 6% of teens report going online weekly, and 2% go online less often. Teenage girls use social media sites and platforms — particularly visually-oriented ones — for sharing more than their male counterparts do. For their part, boys are more likely than girls to own gaming consoles and play video games.”

The Institute adds that teenagers tend to be ‘early adopters’ of new devices and technologies. Many use cameras, mobile phones and computers to upload and share items, such as videos and photos, on the internet.

Older teenagers might also be creating or reading blogs and vlogs. They also spend a lot of time on user-generated content, such as YouTube videos. Many teenagers use the internet to connect with each other on social networking sites and apps like Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat  and Instagram.

According to the human rights activist, these social media sites let them send and receive messages, and share photos, videos, games and apps. This kind of communication can support children’s existing friendships by giving them ways to stay in touch with friends after school hours.

“Strong friendships are important in helping children adapt to the stresses of adolescence. Children and teenagers also go online for peer-based or professional support, such as online counseling, because it can sometimes feel easier than talking to someone face to face,” it was pointed out.

The Institute maintains that cyber safety is paramount for rewarding interactions in the virtual world, noting that parents, educators, peer counselors and community members can help keep children and youth safe by keeping up to date with the latest technologies and social networking sites.

Browne said it is equally important that “we as societies refrain from sharing posts that violates the rights of others. Implementation of cyber laws is urgently needed to protect the rights of our youths and children.”

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31 comments

  1. Regardless of the fact that they seemed to have enjoyed the moment , there are underlying factors which should not be ignored. Remember they part of a very unforgiving society [ particularly towards females] and such misguided decisions could haunt them throughout their lifetime. If anything I'd say both parental and professional intervention are warranted to curb and ultimately discontinue the path they've chosen. They are kids; they will make mistakes....no need to give up on them. The mere fact that we seem most curious in discovering their identities and pressing the share button shows that we are all about "scandal" instead of providing useful ideas to ameliorate. We need to stop branding and casting labels on people especially when we only have limited knowledge of their realities. Damn it! if only we were just as eager to offer assistance as we are to criticize. SMH!

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  2. i saw this so called video these children are getting to out of hand to be doin these things and recording it and posting it out there some of them dont care they do it anyway but they end up embarrassing their parents. but i dont see no proof to say those children are secondary school children they could be drop outs for the most some of you might not get what am saying but the things is they dont have no clothes on you cant see their uniform or a crest of the school to recognize them as secondary school kids the only thing that sell them out is their faces shown

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  3. Some of you so call commented should really spell check before you post your comments.

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  4. Patents need to talk to their kids about the effects this exposure and posting themselves in this manner have on their lives and future.

    This posting alone tells alot about the future of those who participated especially the female involved.

    I know the schools can't change the kids' minds but the very little they can contribute it might just work.

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  5. you cannot legislate against young people having sex camera or no camera.

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  6. Not too long ago someone in the house, a senator, said that our youth should be allowed to express themselves sexually.

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  7. no wonder so many girls get raped here/. even doh she acting like a big woman, the child is under age, but youll will have a problem when a grown man rape or have sex with her. under age sex is a CRIME.

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  8. Two quick points that the less enlightened take for granted: "How the hell can I feel sorry for a child like dat when its obitivous in the video she was enjoying herself." The fact that you mentioned "child" in your statement means that we are referring to an individual who does not know better. Children have varying levels of maturity, independent of their age. There are even adults who have not attained the level of maturity to be considered as adults, if they were to commit a crime they would be acquitted based on "diminished responsibility." So you are wrong to consider what a child can or would not do in their circumstances.

    The second is for Ms. Browne. As recently as this year I think a privacy act was passed in parliament. Whereas we have no freedom of information act, privacy laws are usually implemented as a counter-balance to this act. Though I have not gone through the Privacy Act but i have a fair idea what these laws contain bearing in mind that we often cut and paste laws from other jurisdictions and implement it in St. Lucia without assessing the impact on our society.

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  9. once again de femme fatale strikes again....i am so disgusted at the comments here. everyone saying 'the girl the girl' but nobody eh mentioning the boy at all. y is society so quick to condemn a girl??? the BOY in the video deserves just as much blame as the girl, and therefore BOTH the BOY and the girl deserve whatever consequences that comes their way. i dont understand with yall when it comes to porn its always the girls fault but fellas go unseen, so ______ ignorant y'all are.

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  10. this video makes no sense soo many times it has happened an you cant blame the up loaders .... it starts with the source .. why would ppl record that anyways, married ppl dont do it SICK PPL DO!!! these ppl need more than jesus ... more then prayers .. at the end of the day it happen already anyways so let them now DEAL WITH IT an see what a likkle video can do... Ruined Future...

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  11. If the take action against the girl they must also do so with the boy if he goes to school as well. Stop this one sided shate they both made a mistake everyone saying the girl was smiling for the camera guess what so was the boy! They posted it on a porm site. Lucians i employ u to go on that site n flag that video cuz its child porn.

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  12. its a shame and a disgrace to see "children " and i use that term loosely engaging in such indecent and vulgar behavior.Is that what 's on a child s mind now when she goes to school ,sex.i am ashamed ,not for the child but for her parents.and the sad thing is when its on the internet its there FOREVER. Be careful of the choices you make CHILDREN for these choices could follow you for the rest of your lives,THE REST OF YOUR LIVES .i pray that my children and others don't fall victim , because they are victims, even while they perform these illicit acts of indecency they are victims.victims to those who have sex with them and their naive minds ,victims to those who record them and download these videos on the internet and they don't even know they are victims ,so sad.My advice to you parents watch you children close and keep them even closer. Advise them, because i can assure you this, even in the classroom a predator may be watching not only the school boys , but sad to say some teachers too, oh yes teachers too . i have seen with my own two eyes a sixteen year old school girl meeting up with a male teacher( mid to late 20s) after school hours off the school compound in a district other than the schools district and i can bet you this they were not discussing home work by the way they rolled their eyes at each other and the way her waistline rolled whining to some inaudible music for him oh yes..... PARENTS BEWARE.. watch your bread and by your bread i mean your precious children... lair bab camawad ou pwe defay wozay sa ou!! enough said

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  13. Nasty girl from secondary school. Like secondary is a gateway for sexual activities. .. they fully aware this is a school so whoever posted it right. School is for education not for sex film promoters.

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  14. First of all nobody is to be blamed but this young girl. She knew exactly what she was getting into, she smiled and didn't seem to be bothered. Also it looks like she's been sexually active from a long time ago. She knows all the moves., and don't forget we live in a time of Internet & free WiFi and almost everyone has a smart phone. Back then it was difficult to watch a porn movie or even see one.. Not now!! All these young ppl are into sex, if she's 16 yrs well let's move on & don't forget there was also a positive message in the video.. The guy had on a condom!!! If she is under 16, well mother you have a problem on ur hands, you got urself a Porn Star, only thing is there's no market for this here. Talk to yall kids more often and spend time with them.. Be their best friend,

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  15. Ull can't run a forensic lab but ull will try to stop ppl from uploading vids on the Internet. Y you'll eh try n use dem resources to solve the vast number of unsolved crimes especially the murders in de country.....bullshit

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  16. Honestly, I have to tell you people, I am a student, like seriously and I am telling you straight and honestly, laws for such ridiculous behavior should not be even taken on, the young girl wanted to make her PORN and she did. No need to make some stupid laws for something like that there have been MANY Porns and only now there willing to make laws for something?

    Nah. Make it for jobs and such NOT something stupid like that.

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  17. The voluntarily exposed herself to be in that situation so one should not feel bad for het when she is not. This girl should be focusing on her education

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  18. You know what, "it will just keep coming." Sad but very true, it will just keep coming!

    See, in the home, on waking up in the morning, the family must get together, for worship, prayer, meditation, meeting with GOD in prayer, one hymn could be sung, a Bible verse or two could be read, and expounded upon, before going onto other daily work.

    Before going in to call it a day, again the same, talk to GOD, giving thanks..

    Now,
    On Friday evening, GOD has put in place, from the foundation of the world, where we must, at sundown, be finished with all our secular work; awaiting to ring in the Sabbath day; that is in place; but there are those who is assisting satan to do his un-godly work, by trying to destabilize GOD'S perfect plan. "Family worship" at sundown Friday evening, at set of sun.

    Too all through the week, we should be focused on JEHOVAH; so come friday evening, that joy is well in order to worship JEHOVAH.

    Another thing is the ten Commandments, we should be teaching to our children from the time they are born, so, that is saying, the parents should be verse in that....

    WALKING IN THE FEAR OF THE LORD: NOT BEING AFRAID OF HIM, BUT WITH GREAT RESPECT TO HIM.

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    • choppppppppsssssssssssssssssssssssssss stick with the story at hand what you saying there has nothing to do with it and there is no where that saying about what you speaking of there all those things have passed away since there is a new testament yall people living in slavery to old things and want to come and enslave others with your mentality

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  19. Who is to be blamed?? The girl was surely enjoying it. Don't blame anyone but her self and the uploader. She knew she was being recorded she blew kisses at the camera. Lord what is this world coming to. I am sadden deeply sadden. This young lady needs help like serious help. Her head is long gone!!

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  20. That don't give anyone the right to put the videos out ppl always do things sometimes you'll business more nasty than the girl in the video a lot of you'll undercover that's why lucia boys so called (Men) complain why some woman don't want them they freaking childish and stupid and an act like that says it all smh and my girl next time no how u doing your thing I won't be ignorant about it because everyone is having sex nowadays

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  21. Which school is it

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  22. How the hell can I feel sorry for a child like dat when its obitivous in the video she was enjoying herself an it looked like she knew she was being recorded. If I could have shared it 1000 times I would cus these children have no shame the more it happen to those before dem the more the involve themselves in acts like these. Sticks not even good enough to burst her behind with an government would call dat abuse when a parent thinks a
    Her child is in school dats the kind of activities they get involved in lord have mercy on my child if she ever does dat...

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  23. How can you make a US based or any other place in the world divulge the uploaders information with our US relations with the police is non existent. Smh..

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  24. They blame everybody except for the participants in the video. You see a camera you smiling n acting up for it wat u expect.......smh

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  25. So sad this is happening. We need stringent laws to be put in place to deter those meniacs from doing such. Also individuals especially minors nneed to be mindful of the activities they engage in.

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