Adults throw money at child for wining on head
A video circulating on social media showing a child gyrating, while adults cheer and throw money at her from the sidelines, has come under heavy condemnation from the Child Development Agency (CDA).
The CDA has vowed to launch a full investigation into the video, which has been viewed more than 15,000 times on Facebook.
In the 30-second visual, the child who looks to be no more than eight years old, is seen gyrating on the ground. At one point, the child can be seen attempting some acrobatic moves as she proceeds to dance on her head.
"It is just sad. Not only is this child dancing in a way unbecoming of a child, but she is also given money for the entertainment," Rochelle Dixon, public relations and communications manager at CDA, told The STAR.
She opined that the child was being sexualised in a way that has surpassed similar videos posted on social media platforms in the past.
"There is nothing good about what is happening with this child. It's just sad that as adults the people who are supposed to be protecting this child are cheering her on and throwing money at her. I've never seen this before and it's just wrong."
She says one of the first moves that the CDA will be making is reporting the video to the Cybercrimes Unit. Dixon said the CDA will be taking steps to get the video, removed from all social media platforms in order to prevent any further circulation and exposure for the child.
Dixon said the agency is disturbed by the frequency of these videos, and revealed that discussions have been taking place to have launch an outreach project in certain communities islandwide to sensitise residents on the dangers of exposing children in a sexualised manner on social media.
"This has to stop. People need to realise that there are implications to recording these things and placing them on the Internet. What you are doing is exposing the child and for persons who are potential predators, they may see this child as a potential target," she said.
"We need to raise awareness in some of these communities and teach people how to be Internet smart. In this day and age, we have to know what to post and what not to post. We have to understand that predators are lurking everywhere and when you post these videos, you are putting these children out there for people to look at them in a sexual way."