W5 Exposes a “PREDATOR’S PLAYGROUND” as Pedophiles Lure Children and Teens Online, Saturday on CTV Reviewed by Momizat on . As Canadian children are “wired” an average of seven hours a day on laptops, tablets, and cell phones, there are an estimated 750,000 predators online worldwide As Canadian children are “wired” an average of seven hours a day on laptops, tablets, and cell phones, there are an estimated 750,000 predators online worldwide Rating: 0
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W5 Exposes a “PREDATOR’S PLAYGROUND” as Pedophiles Lure Children and Teens Online, Saturday on CTV

W5 Exposes a “PREDATOR’S PLAYGROUND” as Pedophiles Lure Children and Teens Online, Saturday on CTV

As Canadian children are “wired” an average of seven hours a day on laptops, tablets, and cell phones, there are an estimated 750,000 predators online worldwide right now, lurking, “liking”, and learning the online activities of underaged users. Premiering this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, W5 senior reporter Sandie Rinaldo delivers “PREDATOR’S PLAYGROUND”, a timely examination of the exploding problem of luring and exploiting children online through various social media platforms – an ideal environment for predators and malicious individuals to anonymously harm kids. This latest episode follows onW5’s momentum over the past two weeks of owning Saturday night as the most-watched non-sports program on any network, conventional or specialty, attracting more than 900,000 viewers on CTV and CTV Two.

“PREDATOR’S PLAYGROUND” tells the story of Eric from Whitby, Ontario. At age 12 he was targeted online by who he believed to be a cute, blonde, 14-year-old girl named Ashley Matthews. Prompted by the suspicions of the boy’s mother, an ensuing police investigation revealed “Ashley” to be a 38-year-old local teacher. It was a stunning betrayal of trust for Eric, the community, and dozens of other victims of the male teacher’s online luring – some of whom he had convinced to strip and perform sex acts on their webcams. At the predator’s home, police found 18 external computer hard drives loaded with child pornography including 9,500 pictures and 2,000 movies.

Viewers are then introduced to Carol Todd, whose daughter Amanda’s suicide is one of Canada’s most high profile and tragic cases of online child luring and exploitation. W5 also speaks with Sandy Garossino, one of the founders of The Red Hood Project, an advocacy group demanding social media companies create safeguards to prevent malicious individuals from luring and harming children. Garossino demonstrates how easy it is for an online stalker to use social media platforms such as Instagram, Omegle, Kik, and Facebook to lure and exploit potential victims.

W5 also airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV Two, and can be seen on Investigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays12 noon ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV GO App, theCTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings). W5 is also simulcast in Toronto on CFRB NEWSTALK1010.

 

Source: BBM Canada

Comments (4)

  • Philip Rose

    Given that we all know that Amanda Todd voluntarily went on webcam and got naked and thought it no big deal (in her own words) and that she was banned from BlogTV in December 2010, I hardly think that hers was a case of child-luring.

  • Carshe

    So being as she was 12 and probably not old enough to know better you think this is ok? you must be “one of those guys” then? Otherwise you would not think this is ok. Only men with a sexual deviancy would think that a child is responsible for something like this.

  • Philip Rose

    In response to Carshe, please do the research. All the Amanda Todd stuff kicked off in December 2010. Just for you, that makes her 14 years old. The idea of 12 is a myth, because she wrote something like ‘In Grade 7 I went on webcam’ in her video. That is true – absolutely true. But that is like me saying ‘In 1990 I bought a computer’. What happened came later, and it’s just the odd way people have interpreted it from the video. Just check. The cops called on the Todds on December 23rd, 2010. Amanda was banned from BlogTV in the same month. OK – let’s move on. After the cops told her (and mom) to steer clear, she went back online three weeks later (Google Mandaa&Shyy Ustream). So she was told over and over, even through to November 2011. She knew what she was doing, and continued purposefully. To think otherwise is erroneous.

  • Philip Rose

    It would seem that any reasonable discussion of the Amanda Todd case gets censored. It’s a shame. Truth is a casualty in media sensationalism. Just rest assured – the story is almost completely a myth. Believe it if you want.

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