American actor, Wayne Brady, shared on Tuesday during an appearance on The Talk his worries regarding his daughter’s safety against online predators, the Complex reported.
The Whose Line Is It Anyway? actor also called out social media techs like Facebook and Instagram to up their game in addressing old-men sending unsolicited messages to underage girls.
According to Brady, he and his ex-wife are usually on the lookout for people sending private messages to their teen daughter, Maile.
The comedian explained his worries on the matter after his ex-wife pretended to be their daughter on social media.
Mandie, pretending to be Maile, had interacted with an older man online.
The man, according to Brady, “was talking slick, until he realized” he was talking to Mandie.
The mother asked the older man what he was doing.
The older man replied he just broke up with his girlfriend and saw Maile.
Brady is perplexed with how social media work against catfishing and hate speech but not in preventing predators from targeting minors.
He added social media should make tools available for dealing with “these reprehensible people.”
There Are Worrying Statistics to Back Up Brady’s Worries
Brady and his ex-wife’s worries are the same with other parents.
According to PureSight, 1 in 5 US teenagers say they have received “unwanted s*xual solicitations” on the internet.
Moreover, only 25% of those teens told their parents.
Most of the time, the perpetrators fall under the age of 18-55.
Moreover, predators usually target teens between the age of 11 to 15.
The statistics are worrisome because, according to Pew Research, a nonpartisan fact tank, 95% of teens have access to smartphones.
Also, 45% of them are constantly online.
Moreover, other parents share Brady’s worry about their children’s safety online.
In fact, they’re not the only ones to do monitoring on their children’s online activities.
According to Pew Research, 58% of parents say they often check their children’s online activities.
For example, they check the websites they’ve visited, messages, and call logs.
Some shared they sometimes use parental controls to restrict their children’s access to some websites.
What Tech Companies Have To Offer
Right now, online platforms like YouTube and Facebook have mechanisms to trace content violating its guidelines. However, those mechanisms are not infallible.
In fact, the Tech Transparency Project published a study in March saying Facebook has become the platform for at least 366 cases of s*xual child exploitation.
Moreover, Facebook had investigated only 9% of them.
In June, Facebook, Google, and 17 more tech companies committed plans to combat online s*xual abuse against children, including tech innovation.
The companies also plan to do collective actions from different tech companies, civil societies, and the government in tackling the issue.
The companies will also fund independent research for understanding patterns of online s*xual abuse and exploitation to better combat them.