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EDITORIAL: Let’s Put A Stop To This Dropbox Nonsense

Females, as young as primary school students, have been spotted in the recent so-called Dropbox of online storage folders, which are circulating among tertiary students in Fiji. Last week this
25 Sep 2017 13:03
EDITORIAL: Let’s Put A Stop To This Dropbox Nonsense

Females, as young as primary school students, have been spotted in the recent so-called Dropbox of online storage folders, which are circulating among tertiary students in Fiji.

Last week this newspaper revealed the exposure of 900 nude images of unsuspecting young Fijian women. Later on images of young primary school Fijian girls were also spotted.

What is happening to our society? Clearly something is seriously wrong.

It all goes back to the parents, not only for these young women, but for all women. Arguably both parents are out there working, earning a decent living for their children and have not had the time to check on their children. Or maybe some are too busy to spend time with their children.

Children these days are now given the luxury of having their own mobile phones, tablets, and modern gadgets that parents have entrusted them with. But how they are using it is something they need to find out.

The revelation of these nude photos paint a negative picture in our Fijian society and questions our ability as parents and guardians. It raises many questions on why these young women acted in such a way? To whom did they send the images to?

In the Fiji Sun’s Saturday edition, one of the victims who was only 16 at the time, was involved with a young man she thought was her soul partner. Thinking she would trust him with her nude images, she never thought that this young man would use the images against her. She never thought that she would live a life where people would judge and laugh at her, let alone her own family. It took this young woman great courage to stand up and voice out what she has been facing. She is traumatised and right now she does not need criticism, but a shoulder to cry on.

We applaud her parents for giving their child a ray of hope each day and we wonder how many other young women are suffering in silence.

Words of encouragement have been posted on social media supporting the young woman for having the strength to speak up and explain her situation.

She has been advised that it was a mistake she made at 16, but she has a long way to go and life to live, to be more successful and live her life with her head held high.

To parents, this is definitely a wake-up call. Know what your child is doing and where he or she is going. Know who their friends are and where they spend it, each day trying to talk to your child, not only as a parent but also as a friend.

To the fathers, a mother doesn’t always have to talk to the daughters; a father remains the closest friend always, have that father-best friend relationship with your daughters.

For this young woman and others out there, if you are one of the victims, rise up and face the world, stand tall and focus on working hard to be successful in life.

For those who are engaged in this Dropbox, the question is, how would you feel if you saw naked images of your sister in the Dropbox?

Come on Fiji, let’s stand up and stop this nonsense.

Feedback:  losirene.lacanivalu@fijisun.com.fj

 

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