The “Hot Water Challenge”

If Jamoneisha Merrit (11) knew what tragedy will befall her on the Sunday she was invited to a sleepover party at a New York apartment, she would have snuggled close to her mum and slept peacefully in her own bed. Apparently, her host had other plans for her, and they definitely were not good plans judging by the turn of events. Unknown to Jamoneisha, her 12 years old friend had heard of the #hotwaterchallenge and decided that the sleepover would be a perfect opportunity to participate in the challenge. As I write this, the victim is in a hospital bed with … Continue reading The “Hot Water Challenge”

Could You Be Peddling Nudity & Porn?

I woke up this morning thinking about nudity and pornography. Don’t worry I’m no pervert. This train of thoughts was triggered by a trend I’ve observed that’s gaining grounds at an alarming rate. The problem is that it’s getting so common that it’s almost seeming normal. So let me back up a bit. About 3 weeks ago, someone sent me a video of 2 children (they couldn’t have been more than 5 years old), having sex somewhere in the bushes. Her reason for sending this clip to me was “I know this is the work you do, so please address … Continue reading Could You Be Peddling Nudity & Porn?

Parental Control

Yippee! The summer holidays are here…respite from early morning school runs & tons of homework. Holidays are a time to let our hair down, relax and have some fun. You probably have a couple of activities lined up for your children…family vacation, summer school or perhaps you’ve decided that they’ve worked so hard during the school term so you’re just going to suspend most rules. I don’t mean to be a killjoy and I do agree that there is a place for relaxing the rules a bit but it’s important that we still ensure that necessary safety nets are in … Continue reading Parental Control