The Google Drive nudes scandal has been red hot in Perth over the past few months. So many young girls and their families have been caught up in a dilemma that for many of them is utterly heart breaking. It is a massive issue when "nudes" get leaked online and as such, it is having a massive impact on these families. All of these girls are fighting desperately to have their images removed, whilst rightly demanding strong and swift action be taken against those who posted them in the first place.
Many of us will know someone who has been caught up in the world of "Revenge Porn". This is where a "sext" or "nude" has been sent from one person to another (usually within a relationship). The receiver then forwards that photo or video to other people, without the senders permission. During my time working at Technology Crime Investigation Unit, there were hundreds of such cases that came across my desk where I had no choice but to tell people there was nothing I could do to help them. Why? Because there is no legislation in Western Australia that covers such activity.
One of the most significant subjects I deal with, is the sending and receiving of "nudes". From lower socio-economic schools to the most elite colleges, nudes is a subject popping up regularly at any staff meeting. Though the revealing of skin by teens is not new, I remember the occasional streak or flash at school when I was a teen. What has changed, is that the ability for someone to capture such a moment, has increased massively. The chance for so many others to see such an error in judgement is at a level we have never seen in the past.
Many parents find it difficult to break into the online world out of fear of the advanced nature of the computers, tablets and mobile phones their kids are using. But in reality, they are not that advanced and once you get to know the devices more closely, you will be able to minimise the events of pulling your hair out. During each Parent Presentation, I offer a wide range of Tips & Tricks that will help you keep your kids safe.
Almost all of us at some time have jumped onto Google and conducted an image search of some sort. Whether it is searching out a cool screensaver or trying to find a photo for that assignment we are writing at school. But where does Google get all of these photo's and how are they able to be found? The vast majority of these images aren't actually owned or stored by Google, but instead, they are simply indexed in a manner that allows most search engines to find them.