After multiple child pornography arrests, parents are warned to teach internet safety

Local

Seven people in Acadiana are facing up to hundreds of child pornography charges.

The State Attorney General’s Office investigated all of the cases. 

After these recent arrests, counselors hope this is a wake up call for parents to have difficult conversations with their children about safety on the internet. 

“Any possession or taking of any photographs or videos regarding any sexual contact or any display of private areas of the body, if that person is under the age of 18, that’s child pornography,” explains Val Senegal, with Hearts of Hope

The organization provides support for sexual abuse victims. She tells News 10 that predators are sometimes getting sexually explicit videos and photos from children themselves.

Through social media and the internet these pictures spread.

“We need to have this conversation more often in our own homes,” said Senegal. “Parents have got to continually talk about the law. And they have to constantly talk about the things that you can and cannot do with electronics.” 

In a recent study, 58 percent of children in Acadiana admitted to communicating online with adults they didn’t know. “Giving devices for these children, to have all this freedom, that’s how they are opening Pandora’s box,” Senegal said. “ And that is why these cases continue to climb and we continuously see these numbers.” 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. For more information visit this website

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Overcast

Abbeville

70°F Overcast Feels like 70°
Wind
5 mph S
Humidity
92%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Thunderstorms likely. Low 63F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
62°F Thunderstorms likely. Low 63F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Wind
8 mph SW
Precip
80%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Overcast

Crowley

70°F Overcast Feels like 70°
Wind
5 mph S
Humidity
97%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Showers and thundershowers likely. Low 58F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
62°F Showers and thundershowers likely. Low 58F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Wind
8 mph SW
Precip
80%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Overcast

Opelousas

71°F Overcast Feels like 71°
Wind
6 mph SSW
Humidity
95%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. Low around 55F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
62°F Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. Low around 55F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Wind
8 mph SW
Precip
80%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Overcast

Breaux Bridge

70°F Overcast Feels like 70°
Wind
6 mph S
Humidity
97%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Showers and thundershowers likely. Low 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
62°F Showers and thundershowers likely. Low 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Wind
8 mph SW
Precip
80%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Overcast

New Iberia

70°F Overcast Feels like 70°
Wind
8 mph S
Humidity
100%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Thunderstorms. Low 66F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
64°F Thunderstorms. Low 66F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Wind
7 mph S
Precip
70%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous

Local News

More Local

Sidebar

Trending Stories