Girls shamed from school by naked photos

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10 December 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Almost 200 teenage girls in the Netherlands stop attending school each year because naked photos or videos of them are placed on the internet by their former boyfriends.

10 December 2004

AMSTERDAM — Almost 200 teenage girls in the Netherlands stop attending school each year because naked photos or videos of them are placed on the internet by their former boyfriends.

The child pornography reporting office — known in Dutch as the Meldpunt Kinderporno — said it is contacted on average 15 times per month by concerned parents. The reports occasionally relate to male teenagers, whose photos have also been placed online.

The majority of cases relate to girls, who give their boyfriends the photos in good faith, or allow themselves to be filmed by them. But after the relationship has ended, the trust occasionally turns out to be misplaced, news agency ANP reported.

The foundation said there is very little that can be done, partly because the photos were given away voluntarily. But internet service providers or parents are advised to contact police.

The anti-child pornography office is currently working on a website with advice for safe internet surfing. The foundation hopes to have the website www.surfsafe.nl online by the end of the year.

The foundation's main website (www.meldpunt.org) already provides five tips for safe surfing; warning teens first and foremost to keep their personal details secret. It also warns that people might not be who they appear to be online.

Thirdly, teens are advised not to open email attachments from strangers and are urged to inform a trusted adult if they find something online that they think is unacceptable. Young people are also warned it is dangerous to agree to meet an online contact alone.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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