Worrying trend: Kids in Mangaluru getting easy access to child porn on Twitter

Deekshith D V
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Oct 7: With the advent of modern technology, people often wonder whether children having access to social media is a boon or a bane. This question often lingers in the minds of every parent and compels them to restrict the use of social media access to the minimum at home. Their worry is not unfounded, considering the contemporary scenario where crime rates and violence against children are on the increase.

There are many instances to prove that minors using the social media get exposed to child pornography and explicit content after coming into contact with 'online predators' and paedophiles who create fake accounts in these social media to promote pornography. This situation unfortunately is worse in cities where many schoolgoing students have access to mobile phones and social media like Twitter, where, often fake accounts are created by 'online predators' or paedophiles.

In a worrying trend, children in Mangaluru seem to be becoming exposed to explicit adult content on the internet, that too child pornography.

(Pic supplied by Santhosh Kumar)

Santhosh Kumar, a resident of Valencia, a few days back found a group of little boys who were discussing explicit content they found in a Twitter page and was stunned to hear their conversation. Twitter is extensively used for social networking and often, ill used by online predators to disseminate and promote the child pornography which is illegal and violation of law in many countries. Twitter has a well defined policy against posting content that show sexual exploitation of children. The policy states that such content, when brought to its notice, would be removed without further notice and reported to The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the person's account suspended. But despite the terms, such pornographic content is easily available on Twitter.

Speaking to daijiworld.com, Santhosh Kumar said, "I was really stunned to find that these boys were discussing about the explicit content in our region. When I checked the Twitter, I was extremely shocked to see the child pornography content, and I approached the police station."

He further said, "This is a gross violation of law and it is illegal. Predators who use the social media to propagate their vested motives through such explicit images should be penalized. That page should be removed immediately."

As a responsible citizen, Santhosh approached the police station for three consecutive days to file a complaint, but all he got was a feeble response asking him to come the next day. When he went to the police station and the commissionate office in the city, no police personnel entertained him, instead they were cool about the whole issue, he alleges.

He then approached child welfare committee, Prajna Counselling Centre and Padi-Child Line, all of whom expressed shock at what they saw. 

Santhosh along with officials of Padi-Child Line and Prajna Counselling Centre also approached the SP on Tuesday October 6 evening and filed a complaint. The SP and other police personnel while accepting the complaint acknowledged that the content was indeed child pornography and asked Santhosh to file a fresh complaint with details about the Twitter handle of the offenders. The officers also assured that a stern notice would be sent to Twitter to suspend the accounts and justify how such content was allowed in its server.

On Wednesday October 7, Santhosh Kumar would be approaching the DCP with the complaint backed by relevant data. Once the DCP accepts the complaint, it would be forwarded to the police commissioner who will then write to Twitter to take action. This route is being chosen so that action would initiate from a law enforcing agency, said Santhosh.

"Twitter operates in San Francisco, USA, and this is a serious offense on US soil," Santhosh pointed out.

Renni D'Souza, director of Padi-Child Line speaking to daijiworld said, "Child pornography is an offence under POCSO and IT Acts and this is a violation of law. Proper action will be initiated and we will write to Twitter to ban the account. If there is no response from the police department, we will approach the child welfare commission in this regard," he said.

Hilda Rayappan of Prajna Counselling Centre said, "This is an illegal thing considering that the content was posted by minors in social media. It is really bad and being responsible citizens and in view of the betterment of the society, we should oppose this tooth and nail."

Also, it has been decied that underage children who were found to access these accounts would be sent for counselling immediately.

Speaking to daijiworld on the issue, Shwetha K T, a psychologist at Manasa Nursing Home, Shimoga, said, "The concept of children viewing explicit content can be viewed from three angles. The present generation has easy accesibility to almost everything, both positive and negative. Children are exposed to information overload much before they acquire stable moral development. Adding to this at a second level is the fact that sex is a taboo in the Indian scenario. The adult society refuses to answer the little minds' questions on rape, masturbation and so on and this builds curiosity. This curiosity sets the child in search of answers to their questions. They look for the net to discuss with peer groups and try dangerous sexual experiments to answer their curiosities. At the third level, media also has a role to play.

"Being exposed to porn definitely has negative psychological consequences on children. It is high time we change our mindset and work on these issues. Childeren as young as 13 and 14 getting acquainted to porn is really shocking," she said.


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  • Shri, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 05 2020

    Online education may also increase this crime,🥺who knows if the student is really learning about academics or seeing such things

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  • Vin, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 19 2015

    Smart city,smart childrens!!
    Jagao bharath!

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  • sathish, bahrain / mangalore

    Wed, Oct 14 2015

    who said......simply trying to make news.

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    Thu, Oct 08 2015



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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Oct 08 2015

    This development in Technology is a Blessing and same time a curse too.we used to tell our parents that we better than your generation.and today my grandson(3) Shows me the development in using a mobile.Of course we have to Keep a eye on children.But children do have their ways,with friends in School Yards,or together try adventures.This I experienced with my children.Thank God but not out of the ways.They have their own secrets.Sometimes some criminals use them for their bad use.children without knowing their depth of vulgar use,may fall into this when some one promises Money or mobile ,good clothes or extravagant Partys.so the circle widens.sad ,how fast this circulates,is really amazing.children are not responsible but some criminal minds misuse them.when we come to know we should try to stop by specialists.still a bad taste is there.we have to try our children to save from it if possible.

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    Thu, Oct 08 2015

    You are right!! By the way i made the Discovery

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  • Rohan Pinto, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    I thought many a times I'm smart in using internet than others for whatever access, but my son who is just 8 years now he is master knows everything more than me

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  • perchu, pervaje

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    freedom of speech, freedom of watch, both are dangerous.

    DisAgree [11] Agree [29] Reply Report Abuse

  • Acchu, Mlore

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    Parents should not save this kind of video clips in their cellphone.

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  • sid, mangalore

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    no use blaming technology . 25 years back television was blamed . We need to find ways to tackle problems

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    Man is overwhelmed by the rapid technology advances in such a short time and not able to evolve at the same pace!! Too much of technology is already showing it is detrimental to developing societies like ours wherein almost the entire populace of children are totally engrossed with their wifi gadgets giving least importance to physical activity, sports, outdoor recreation, real life communication with others etc.!!

    Interestingly they have developed a chemical under the head name of 'Neurolace', which in animal experiments is successful in directly connecting the computer to the brain of those animals and the day is not far off where technology will leap frog and take us to a BRAIN NET, wherein everybody will be able to connect his brain directly to the computer, whatever is going inside his brain for more details read renowned researcher Prof 'Mitsui Kaku's' book named 'Future of the human brain'!!!

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  • Rudolf, Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    Easy access to internet to one and all is the main reason for increasing incidence of rapes, molestation etc.!! Children and youngsters who are not well informed get over excited seeing these explicit pics and commit acts on extreme impulse when they cannot control the hormonal rush!!

    Only remedy is to introduce sex education and counselling to children at a very young age so that they know what is right and wrong and do not fall into bad line!! Reportedly the age of start of sexual activity has come down below 14 years of age in metro cities in India which is fearsome with some kids even resorting to multiple encounters without any feeling of guilt!! The activity only surfaces to parents when a pregnancy or STD is detected!!

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  • VM, Udupi

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    In a cartoon which I saw recently. Mother was threatening her kids while having their dinner. "Eat those veggies or I'll change the wi-fi password ".

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Oct 07 2015


    Which generation (age group) you fall in? ( Sure not older generation)
    Did you ever interact with elders to understand or know about... .. other than friend circle?
    Present generation is racing or keeping phase along with Technological advancement.
    Where it will end big question mark???? Kithen monthat tumi

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    Bad weeds also grow along with good crop.
    This is the problem associated with growth of modern technology, internet and telecommunication.
    I feel, apart from studies promotion of outdoor games, sports physical exercise, swimming and cycling is only alternative to divert the minds of children from these unwanted net access.
    It is highly impossible for parents or teachers to constantly monitor the children.

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  • Hussain, Abudhabi

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    Its not only about twitter , all the social networking sites have easy access for all .....Today's children can easily access anything from anywhere and its a worrying factor !!

    Before all the children used to play evening time at ground or home but now the trend has changed ..All are busy with ipads and iphones and busy in their own world...Internet is must for younger generation and they can get anything in just a touch !! Sorry Situation

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    Shocking ? Why should we be ? This is the development we brought to ourselves. Well, development does have its disadvantages, this is one of them. We can't keep our children away from the Net just because of the bad aspects of it. If you stop it at home, they will be enticed by their class-mates. Constant monitoring and patience to talk to them till they find satisfactory reply is essential. All we have to accept is the matters that the older generation waited till adulthood to learn, is at the doorstop of today's generation right during their childhood.

    Its true that children turn to the Net to find answer when their elders refuse to give it to them. But we don't know the repercussions - today a boy as old as nine is a rapist of a six-year-old girl. Who taught him about it ? Surely not his parents ??

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    Science sometimes or almost all the time attributes behavior to 'genes'..diseases 'hereditary' .Right. This is also same thing.
    'Konache Potta Thorun Ailaa Pole
    Thashenth Thachee Buddhi'....
    Hasthi Potaanth gaadav Zaatha Gee?'
    So need not raise such a big hue and cry.
    On the flip side, some are for sex education-some are not.
    The idea should be to acquaint children with all round knowledge as they grow up. As it is we are having uneducated'drivers-cleaners' creating havoc in the country.
    A balanced approach in letting children 'know' will not do any harm.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Washington,DC.

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    Nobody teach anybody this...this is only "Guru illada vidye"....What say you Bhandumaam ???


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  • Ahmed, DOX / IXE

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    Parents should always keep an eye on what the child is watching. Make kids watch ipads or phones in common room with volume which can be heard.

    Leaving the kids alone with ipads or phones can lead to kids accessing porn sites.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    Forget, modern children will 'outsmart' you thumbs down!! Only way is to give them sex education and make them aware at an early age by acting like a friend and not as a parent!!

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  • praveen, mangalore

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    present children are very smart enough to access any website by using various methods..

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  • gm, mlur

    Wed, Oct 07 2015

    True, small child at the age 2-3 years will access the net and that also the menu correctly, but doesn't know read and write.

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