If you think that social media is a safe playing ground for your child, well, you may have to reconsider.
Recently, a mother filed a complaint against an alleged paedophile for sexual harassing her 10-year-old son. Apparently, a Facebook user named Aiman Fauzi requested for photos of the young boy’s private parts via the Facebook Messenger application. He also promised to give the victim a new Playstation Portable (PSP) in return for the “favour”.
The mother, known as Nurulainey Ab Halim, took to Facebook to share the conversation between her son and the suspect. As at the time of writing, her post has been shared over 17,900 times.
She wrote (translation), “This is a very rude human being. Thank goodness I always check what my son is up to. You only want to damn others; you pretend to grab children’s attention and then you eat them. You wait till I make you viral. Don’t be like an animal. Don’t you have a brain? He’s just a small boy. I urge all the parents out there to keep an eye on your children’s activities. Facebook is meant for befriending school mates but some people will take advantage on our children’s naiveness. Thank goodness my son asked…”
From the screen captures, we can see Aiman Fauzi, who has since closed his Facebook account, talking to her son about his “konek” (male private part). Lines such as “When you shower, I will hold your ‘konek’ and rub soap all over your body. What if it stands?”; “Have adik (little brother) seen ‘sunat’ (circumcision) on boys Standard 6 and above?”; and “Adik wrote ‘tegak’ (erection), is your ‘konek tegak’?” suggests that the suspect did indeed verbally sexual harass the 10-year-old boy.
According to Nilai police chief Supt Zaldino Zaludin, the suspect and victim got to know each other in February through Facebook. he also added that the case is being investigated under Section 509 (word or gesture intended to insult the modesty of a person) and 292 (obscenity) of the Penal Code.
We’d like to remind parents that Facebook requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account and that monitoring your children’s social media activities is vital to prevent cyber sexual grooming.