Cyber safety week launched with chilling stats

2011-09-27 13:30

More than 1 387 cases of abduction or rape, directly linked with social networking in South Africa, were reported during last year.

This is according to Crystal Brook Distribution, a theatrical, broadcasting and DVD distribution agency.

The agency has launched Cyber Safety Awareness Week, which ends on Thursday, to coincide with the nationwide screening of the movie Trust at Nu Metro and Ster-Kinekor cinemas.

Trust is a gripping drama about the effects an online sexual predator has on a family.

The movie tells the story of a sexual predator who gains the trust of a 14-year-old girl by posing as a teenager in an online chatroom.

He then lures her to a meeting place where he rapes her.Carol Harris, marketing manager at Cyrstal Brook, says cyber predators are one of the biggest challenges “our children face daily, with the speedy growth of technology”.

“After viewing the movie Trust, we felt that it was a very real story line and one that needed to be told. We joined forces with Rape Wise and Childline who are experts in this field as we wanted to create awareness of both the problem and the solution,” she said.

“Our aim is to get as many parents, teachers, children, counsellors to see the movie and understand the dangers,” she added.

Commenting after a screening at the Pavilion Nu Metro theatre in Durban, Kabitha Masallia, a social worker for Child Welfare in Durban, said the movie highlights the concept of what providing technology to a child can do.

“We feel our children are safe in our homes and within the boundaries we have set for them.

But this movie highlights what can happen within those boundaries.

“As a mother, I watched with tears, how you can spend a lifetime trying to protect your children and in an instant someone comes and takes all that away. It was very sobering,” said Masallia.

Nelisiwe Ngidi, a developmental facilitator for Value Trust, a non-governmental organisation that works with communities on youth issues in particular, said every young girl needed to watch the movie.

“I think they need to take this movie to schools, churches and even nightclubs because what we saw there is reality,” she said.

» For a copy of the movie, email Jane Raggett: jane@crystalbrook.co.za or Carol Harris: carol@crystalbrook.co.za.

A percentage of all Trust DVD sales will go to Rape Wise and Childline

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