FACEBOOK - the popular free social networking website - has become the latest platform for young generation ‘soft porn’, with raunchy photographs of young girls being posted on the site on a regular basis, shocking the community of Swakopmund.
The latest images, which were posted by two high society girls captured posing in scant panties with cupped hands over their naked breasts, have set conservative tongues wagging in Swakopmund.
The sultry young 13-year-old schoolgirls broadcast 79 images of themselves posing in various sexually provocative positions.
The blonde and brunette duo succeeded in titillating the imagination of numerous voyeurs who readily access the Facebook network, by flaunting images of their developing bodies, some entwined with each other in sexually suggestive poses.
Informanté has concealed the identity of the girls as they are minors, but they have already made themselves known to the public via their semi-nude photo shoot debut on Facebook.
Unable to reach either parents, who are enjoying an out of town vacation over the school holidays, it seems apparent that in most cases, mothers and fathers are simply oblivious to the explicit visual material their youngsters are posting on their Facebook profiles.
Many parents remain convinced that the Facebook website is merely an innocent chat-channel between friends.
A working mother, whose teenager is a regular Facebook user, said she does not monitor her child’s internet activity because she feels it is an invasion of privacy, admitting she herself uses Facebook for communication and social networking.
Unknown to most adults, this hugely popular networking site, where people make new friends and view each other’s personal profiles, has become a glamorous stage for young girls in particular to try and outdo each other in their self-posted images, by flaunting more and more flesh.
Boys are also jumping on the bandwagon. With just a few clicks, the public can view young lads baring torsos with their ‘come hither’ faces in front of the camera.
Teens on Facebook is not a phenomenon limited to the coast. Contributions from Windhoek based students are also heavy, as they too continue to pose in front of the camera in a desperate cry for attention.
Spokesperson for Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Marlene Mungunda, Jan Gawaseb, reacted strongly to the sexually suggestive photographs that have been posted on Facebook by young Namibians.
He described them as saddening, horrifying and disappointing and felt the issue must be taken up in Cabinet to ensure the trend does not continue.
“We will try our level best to stop this while it is in its infant stages and expect support from churches, NGO’s and women’s organisations to fight this new trend,” he said.
“To expose your body like this can only result in something negative, and constrain the future and progress of our young generation, who will not value their self-worth,” Gawaseb said on behalf of Minister Mungunda.
Facebook is a social networking website launched in February 2004, founded by US Harvard University student, Mark Zuckerberg, to serve fellow college graduates.
It later expanded to include all university students, then high school students, and finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The website currently has more than 90 million active users worldwide.