Facing the Future: The Crucial Conversation on Deepfakes for Parents and Kids

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In today’s tech-savvy world, it’s crucial for parents to tackle the rising issue of deepfake technology and its potential impact on our children. Recent incidents, such as the one in a New Jersey high school where students created fake nude photos of their classmates using AI, underscore the real-world consequences of these digital manipulations. Let’s delve into a conversation about what deepfakes are, their legal implications, and how we can guide our kids through this digital landscape.

Fake Pictures, Real Problems  

The situation in New Jersey serves as a wake-up call. With easy access to tools that create and share fake images, concerns about privacy and consent have become more significant than ever. Traditionally, deepfakes were used to alter the appearances of politicians, but now, 96 percent of them are explicit, and 99 percent target women. This shift raises serious questions about the ethics and legal issues surrounding this kind of technology.


Legal Confusion: Understanding Deepfake Laws  

Unlike some other harmful actions, there’s no national law against making or spreading deepfakes. While some states, like Virginia, Illinois, Hawaii, and California, have created their own rules, there’s no clear national standard. Making things trickier, it’s hard to take legal action against deepfakes because they’re made using a mix of images, making it tough to track them down or file copyright complaints.


Starting the Talk  

As parents, it’s on us to start talking to our kids about deepfakes. Here’s a simple guide:


  1. What Are Deepfakes?
    Explain in easy terms what deepfakes are and how they’re made. Use examples that your kids can relate to, and make sure they understand that messing with pictures can have serious consequences.


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About the Author

Clayton Cranford
Clayton Cranford is a retired Sergeant from Orange County Sheriff's Department in California and owner of Total Safety Solutions LLC. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media, child safety, and behavioral threat assessments. Clayton is the author of the definitive book on cyber safety for families, “Parenting in the Digital World.” Clayton has more than 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the 2015 American Legion Medal of Merit. Clayton was a member of the County's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, School Resource Officer program, and Juvenile Bureau.