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Barbados: MONITOR ONLINE CONTENT-Researcher concerned about level of inappropriateness…Turn it off then

GIVING some startling insight into a recently conducted survey on online abuse and harassment, a local researcher believes inappropriate behaviour on social media by adults and even teenagers will eventually find its way into the workplace.

The word of caution comes from principal consultant of D B Research, Unri Babb, who was participating in the annual Queen’s College Association’s Elsie Payne Memorial Lecture, which took the form of a panel discussion on Wednesday night. The discussion was held under the theme “Let’s Talk about Sex – the Employment Sexual Harassment Prevention Act 2017”.

Babb, explained that the study was recently completed with a local charity called No to Online Abuse and Harassment outlined two of the findings. “More than 65 per cent of persons in Barbados have stated that they have received either nude videos or photos from persons who they know it has been shared without their consent. Six out of ten persons… That is a criminal offence,” he told the audience.

Additionally he said, “40 per cent of the persons shared nude video of persons who they knew didn’t give consent for that to be shared.”
“So we are existing in an era where it is clear that persons are engaging in a lot more of inappropriate sexual behaviour and it cannot exist outside of the workplace only. And it creates a whole new dimension that the legislation does not cater for effectively,” he lamented.

The researcher also issued a word of caution to parents of teenagers, urging them to monitor their children’s social media accounts.

“You would see a level of inappropriateness on all of teenage social media. Because the level of interaction that exists, nobody says this is not correct, or you should not respond to me in that way,” he pointed out.

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