With the enormous scale and devastating effects of child exploitation and abuse online, the world must act to protect children at all costs.
This is the definitive position coming from the Child Dignity in the Digital World congress in Rome. In today's extended edition of Perspectives Daily, we bring to you a series of exclusive short interviews with key speakers, experts and participants from all over the world who have convened in the Eternal City, to partake in the development of a unified platform, in the fight against online child exploitation.
The world never said "mission impossible" to any public health problem including cancer, so no one should give up without a fight against the ills online. This was a statement made by one of the key-speakers, Dr. Mary Anne Layden,
a psychotherapist and Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. In an exclusive interview with our very own Fr. Thomas Rosica, she shares with us the meaning and intention behind her message to the congress.
Now, it wasn’t just scholars from the medical and educational profession attending this congress. Big names in the social media world were very much present and very active participants. Antigone Davis
, the Head of Global Safety Policy from Facebook, gave a stirring address, and shares with us, some of the ethical and moral questions that underline her work in battle.
Among some the big names from the Catholic church attending the conference, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle,
The Archbishop of Manila in the Philippines was also in attendance to share with the world, the Asian perspectives of the problem of online Child exploitation. He spoke with us earlier today about how this digital reality is affecting the Asian culture.
Microsoft the tech giant, has been in the fight against online Child abuse for decades. Jacqueline Beauchere,
the Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft shares with us now, some of policies and technologies they’ve developed, used and shared in response to this rapidly growing crisis.
Finally tonight, Dr. David Finkelhor
has been studying the problem of child victimization since 1977. He is the Director of the Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. In addition to being an editor, he has authored of 11 books and more than 150 journal articles and book chapters, and has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and others. Earlier today, Dr. Finkelhor addressed the congress assembly and talks to us about the message that he shared with the assembly.
The Child Dignity in the Digital World congress continues until this Friday and we'll bring you more interviews and stories from the concluding assembly next week. Of course you can get more information on the speakers and topics, on you can visit their site listed here.
That is all that we have time for this week. Thanks for joining us.