Is Facebook A Safe Haven For Child Sexual Abusers? You Decide!
After the Facebook group listed here (“Remove NAMBLA North American Man/Boy Love Association Pedophiles For Good!“) became more about religion, I withdrew my membership as its focus began to move away from stopping all pedophiles and protecting all children, regardless of religious or cultural background. Since it is a closed group and I can no longer see its activity, I respectfully withdraw my support. I cannot and will not support a group whose actions are covert and make it impossible to see what exactly I may be supporting.
I recently joined a group on Facebook created to expose the presence of NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association). After receiving over 3,000 supporters, the awareness group was removed by Facebook for violation of its terms and services:
“…groups that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down groups that attack an individual or group, or advertise a product or service.”
Interestingly enough, the NAMBLA group (along with other outspoken pro-child rape groups) was allowed to remain, making it apparent that Facebook administrators do not consider men raping and molesting little boys as “threatening” or “obscene” or attacking an individual or specific group.
During the course of making people aware, suspected NAMBLA members began making decoy groups named “North American Man BEAR Love Association” and “North American Man BEER Love Association” to convince people that is what NAMBLA stands for.
It is sad that of the 3,000+ members the original group meant to remove NAMBLA from Facebook had, most of them had never heard of NAMBLA and didn’t even know there was any reason to worry about sexual predators on Facebook. I don’t know where these people have been hiding for the last few years, particularly with undercover investigations like To Catch A Predator and the FBI MySpace infiltration, but it clearly defines the reason predators have been so successful in obtaining their prey and the steadily increasing numbers of victims – male and female.
Although NAMBLA is about men who rape/molest boys, there are groups meant for adults who prey upon little girls, and Facebook is infested with them all.
The anti-NAMBLA on Facebook group was removed twice but has come back strong as an effort to make people aware of the problems with predators on Facebook and in our society. It is now called “Remove NAMBLA North American Man/Boy Love Association Pedophiles For Good!“, and covers all forms of child sexual abusers on and off Facebook.
Facebook is so infested with those preying upon our children, it is impossible to know who to trust. They have not only infiltrated anti-child abuse groups, they have, also, created anti-child abuse groups to masquerade their efforts at gaining sympathy for pedophilia and support for their grooming of society to sexualize our children and make pedophilia legal. Predators join these groups as well as the real anti-child abuse groups in an effort to make other Facebook members trust them enough to share information about their children. There have been groups on Facebook claiming to be parenting groups and encouraging photos of members’ children to be posted, as well as stories of children in their daily activities, which have been discovered to be pedophile-owned.
How can we keep our children safe from these people if they look like everyone else? you may wonder. Simple! STOP POSTING YOUR CHILDREN’S PHOTOS ONLINE! Stop posting their names and ages, their sporting events, the location of their schools and where you live, the names of their teams, pets, friends …. I don’t care if you have your page set to Friends Only. How many people on your friends list have you actually met in person? Unless you know them offline, you do NOT know them!
Facebook is not at all the only social networking site where this is happening. There is still MySpace, Friendster, Live Journal (which at one time had more pedophile groups than any other), Gaia Online, and many others.
You don’t have to look for shadows. You don’t have to suspect everyone. You don’t have to live in a shell. You just have to use common sense and LOVE your children and care about their safety – more than you love the attention you receive from nobodies on the internet.
Would you post your social security number on your page? Your credit card information? Your boss’ phone number? Your banking account information, drivers license number, license plate number, dress size, how many people you’ve had sex with, any criminal record you have, your deepest darkest secret ………? Then why do you post your child’s identity and the different ways a predator can get to them? Is your child not as precious as your finances?
Within moments of posting this, I came across an article by Consumer Reports. It is titled: “7 Things To Stop Doing Now On Facebook“:
by Consumer Reports Magazine
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Using a Weak Password
Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such as this variant on the word “houses”: hO27usEs!
Leaving Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile
It’s an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you’ve already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.
Overlooking Useful Privacy Controls
For almost everything in your Facebook profile, you can limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, or block particular people from seeing them. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address, since you probably don’t want anyone to have access to that information anyway.
Posting Your Child’s Name in a Caption
Don’t use a child’s name in photo tags or captions. If someone else does, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag. If your child isn’t on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.
Mentioning That You’ll Be Away From Home
That’s like putting a “no one’s home” sign on your door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.
Letting Search Engines Find You
To help prevent strangers from accessing your page, go to the Search section of Facebook’s privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Be sure the box for public search results isn’t checked.
Permitting Youngsters to Use Facebook Unsupervised
Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that do use it. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, the best way to provide oversight is to become one of their online friends. Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications and monitor their activities. “What they think is nothing can actually be pretty serious,” says Charles Pavelites, a supervisory special agent at the Internet Crime Complaint Center. For example, a child who posts the comment “Mom will be home soon, I need to do the dishes” every day at the same time is revealing too much about the parents’ regular comings and goings.
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BRAVO, CONSUMER REPORTS! BRAVO!!!!