Charlene Doak-Gebauer

Charlene Doak-Gebauer – President, Producer & Author

Using her computing expertise, and motivated by family tragedy, Charlene Doak-Gebauer is committed to raising awareness of, and eradicating, digital child sexual abuse.

What’s your story?

I am a computer science specialist in education and network administrator. My family was victim of the crime of child pornography twice, one when she was four years of age. The four-year old was later killed by a drunk driver. I decided to use my expertise to help my family overcome the multiple traumas and began my research into the crime of child pornography. I created two theories – Digital Supervision and Digital Sex Trafficking to help protect children online. I also established a charity for victims of online child protection, have written two books, and produced an award-winning documentary.

What excites you most about your industry?

It is very exciting when parents, caregivers and professionals realize the need for better online child protection, and that there is a need. The proliferation of the crime of child sexual abuse material is very alarming, and one that needs to be recognized not only by law enforcement, but society at large, globally. The crime is not going away – it is growing daily, especially with the introduction of artificial intelligence.

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What drives you in your career to push beyond what other people consider normal?

The description of my personality has been “very driven”. It has been said that I “never stop”. And I agree! It is so important to protect our precious children globally against the dark forces online. The greatest push in my career was to produce a film, using many experts around the globe to contribute. The content of the film has detail that should be seen by all adults globally. Why? Our children are being exposed to so much online, and predation, that it drives me to contact as many people, organizations, countries, and more to please, learn more and protect.

What have been the most useful skills you have learnt and applied in your journey?

The most useful skills I have learned and applied, have been my computer science and computer network management skills. When producing the documentary, I studied film production and editing, on my own, and managed to receive best producer/director, and the film won 24 awards internationally. The experience has been surreal, however, we can all make a change and do things we are driven to do by working toward goals, and finding the solutions necessary to be successful. Applying my computer science skills to creating theories, and then film production and editing, could be a message to everyone. Just believe.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

The best advice I have ever received was to write a book to protect my intellectual property. This is so important for anyone deciding to create a new concept. So often, I have heard stories that someone had a great idea but had not protected it by writing a book. The book gives copyright upon being published. From writing one book, I went on to my second book. And then, the film. It is important to protect ourselves as leaders, not only in management, but new ideas and innovation.

Who inspires you?

Children always inspire me. As a global leader for different countries through the G100, I have been introduced to so many issues related to children. Their naivety and vulnerabilities must be considered at all levels of government in all countries. In this digital age, the Digital Sex Trafficking happening globally has to be realized and protection of children implemented through many means, especially Digital Supervision. How often has it been said “our children are our future”. It is time for the world to become better educated regarding the realities of the online vulnerabilities of our precious children.

What have you learnt recently that blew you away?

My industry is online child protection. I speak globally about the needs of our children and families. What really blows me away is the lack of knowledge in this area, parents, professionals, government officials, leaders – regarding the reality of what is happening with children through digital platforms. The details I share are difficult to hear but happening all over the world. It is time for a “wake-up call” – children are in charge of the Internet in the majority of homes and it is time to change for the sake of their futures and the future of the world.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?

If I had time again, I would have started my online child protection goals much sooner. But…..did I begin at the most opportune time? Maybe earlier it would have been less effective because there were fewer incidents of the reality of online exposure to porn, predation, peer-to-peer bullying, and much more. The reality seems to be taking hold now, and screenings of my film being welcomed by many. The questions I receive when presenting are far more “intelligent” by parents than they were even five years ago. The need is even greater now.

How do you unwind?

We go to our off-grid cabin for retreats. Many people think off grid is simple no Internet. We have solar panels, no plumbing, no electricity, no water. Completely off grid. It is amazing how quiet it is and such a definition of serenity. We see bears, deer, moose, chipmunks, and more. A retreat to the reality of nature is the best way to unwind and recharge.

What is a major mindset change, belief shift or ‘ah ha’ moment that you’ve experienced in relation to your career?

The greatest change was when I first began researching the crime of child sexual abuse material (child pornography). The continuing research and resulting realization of the proliferation of the crime, has provided motivation for me to continue with the objective of the online protection of children globally. The Dark Web has provided such a platform for this type of crime, of which too many people are unaware. When I present, so many ask what is the Dark Web and how is it used? Ah ha moment? More work needs to be done.

Everyone in business should read this book:

It is important to read my book “The Internet: Are Children In Charge?”. The worry of so many people in business regarding their children and their vulnerabilities online has caused tremendous stress in work environments and slow down of productive moments. It is on the minds of so many when their children are home alone. Are Children In Charge of the Internet? Absolutely in most homes. Learn just how much this is a problem, and the user-friendly methods in Digital Supervision that can, and should be applied, in all homes.

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Shameless plug for your business or career:

I am referred to as an expert in online child protection and have presented to many different countries. In every country, the response is “this is a big problem here. You need to come back and speak to more groups”. I always say this generation is the most independent generation in the history of the world. We need to catch up to the digital age. As a result of too much independence by children, we are seeing too many children lacking a of sense of humanity worldwide. It is time to change.

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This interview is part of the CallumConnects series.

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