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To: Snapchat

Stop indecent photos of minors being shared on snapchat

I want the government to put a stop to indecent images of minors being constantly shared on snapchat. I want snapchat to be liable for monitoring what is shared on their site. Meaning if they do not change the terms of use they can face the same criminal charges as a paedophile. I want the police to be able to monitor and have access to the accounts sharing the indecent images. Everything used by young people under 18 should be traceable.

Why is this important?

My daughter is 14 yrs old and has been horrifically bullied on snapchat for 18 months.
The police have been involved several times however, cannot trace or access accounts on snapchat. Young girls and boys are being encouraged to share indecent images of themselves more and more and these images are later used against them.
The police have also stated they do not like to criminalise children under 18 yrs old, the problem is though the majority of the bulling and sharing of pornagraphic images is done by the MINORS themselves. Meaning this horrific bullying can continue, ruining young girls and boys life’s.
If however, these images were being shared by adults the criminal charges would be treated completely different.

Snapchat monitors no messages or pictures shared and will not support the police in finding/seeing who has sent or shared certain messages/pictures. Snapchat has hundreds of ‘bait’ accounts sharing indecent images of minors which also encourages minors to continue sharing these images. If these accounts are reported to snapchat, snapchat takes days/weeks to remove them by which time new accounts have been opened and the torture continues.
Snapchat should be supporting the young people using their social media accounts and not being part of the criminal activity that is causing more and more serious mental health, leading to death in our young people.

My teenage child is being subjected to continuous abuse to the point of wanting to end her life and nothing can be done. She is not the only child going through this thousands of children are going through this on a daily basis. I also work in a crisis mental health unit with young people under 18 yrs old. I have found snapchat to be one of the first issues talked about leading, to the young persons mental health.
I can not sit back as a mother or carer and do nothing.

Please please please join me in signing this petition so I can get this heard at by the House of Commons and hopefully get snapchat monitored in an appropriate way.
Please also talk to your teenagers using snapchat. Some parents are unaware what their child is going through or doing on Snapchat.
Thank you for reading.

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Reasons for signing

  • My daughter has been bullied through snapchat... she'd delete amd block but they'd make up another account to message her, even though she hasn't excepted them as a friend... they could still get to her. She now self harms!

Updates

2019-05-30 18:42:49 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-05-29 15:36:50 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-05-29 11:49:04 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-05-29 10:25:14 +0100

10 signatures reached