TECH NEWS – The report as an NGO, the Women Technology Empowerment Centre (WTEC) on Tuesday attributed the increasing crime rate in the society to unrestricted and unguided access of adolescents to the Internet.
Meanwhile the Communication Officer of WTEC, Mr Yemi Odutola, made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Odutola said that young minds now had unrestricted access to sexually explicit materials through the use of the Internet on phones and other Information Technology (IT) gadgets.
He said that research had shown that more than 90 per cent of eight to 16-year-olds now had access to sexually explicit materials on the Internet.
“It is evident that the increasing rate of crime and sex among youths is as a result of exposure to explicit content online without proper guide.
“The rate at which adolescents access pornographic contents on the Internet is quite disturbing and should be of major concern to parents.
“The Internet has served as a medium for pedophiles, who take advantage of innocent children by engaging them in sex chat and posting nude pictures to arouse them.
“An example is a recent disturbing video of a six-year-old girl being forced to give an adult male a blow-job, which was shared across the world on social media.
“This video was accessible to all, even children.
She cited the arrest of hundreds of opposition supporters and activists as well as trials “on trumped-up charges.”
“Kabila has not demonstrated that he is prepared to step down,” Sawyer said. “The key question today is: What makes this time different? What will convince Kabila and other senior officials that the international community will not tolerate further delays and that human rights violations against protesters, civil society activists, opposition member and journalists need to end to allow for a credible, fair and peaceful process.”
Peaceful transition of power
DRC’s foreign minister, Leonard She Okitundu, said his country was being unfairly characterized.
“The Democratic Republic of Congo is not hell for human rights as it is being wrongly presented,” he said. “Rather it faces, like many other great democracies, the difficulty of balancing law and order with public security and respect for individual liberties.”
Haley, who presided over the council meeting, had the final word and stressed that the international community wants to help DRC to see a peaceful transition of power.
“I will tell you instead of voicing your frustration, we would appreciate good actions … to have free and fair elections,” she said, “and to actually show actions — not yelling at the bishops, not blaming everyone else — but to make sure you understand that your country and your administration is responsible for the suffering of the people of the country.”