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Vulnerable Innocence

COVID has changed many things, including safety of people involved in film. This doc is unique in that the majority of all filming has been done virtually to avoid COVID exposure.

Children are vulnerable online, in ways so many are unaware. This film is about a unique Theory of Digital Supervision for online child protection. Volunteers from around the world have contributed, based on their belief in the need for this type of truth and education surrounding proactive online protection.

This doc emphasizes the global challenges of online child protection. It is in every country around the globe, with too many fearful to discuss it, fearful to know more, and wanting to protect their children.

The objective of this doc is to have global impact for the safety of children against sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, online bullying, online harassment, suicide, self harm - many issues our children face on a daily basis in this digital world. We emphasize to parents, caregivers, and professionals our children are the most independent of any in the history of the world. We must realize they cannot have so much ownership of their online safety. Adults have to digitize parenting and professional methods.

  • Charlene Elizabeth Doak-Gebauer
  • Nancy Anne Lynch
  • Charlene Elizabeth Doak-Gebauer
  • Charlene Elizabeth Doak-Gebauer
  • Arpad Andrew Horvath
    Key Cast
  • Frank Davis
  • Rick Bartlett
  • Horace Williams, jr.
  • Horace Williams, jr.
    Audio Post Production
  • Holly Dowling
  • Charlene Elizabeth Doak-Gebauer
  • Charlene Elizabeth Doak-Gebauer
  • Horace Williams, Jr.
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    1 hour 14 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 3, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
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    Virtual, Zoom
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  • Premiere Theatrical Screening
    London Ontario
    June 22, 2022
    Theatre Landmark London Ontario
    22 awards to date
Director Biography - Charlene Elizabeth Doak-Gebauer, Nancy Anne Lynch

Charlene Doak-Gebauer, Biography, Producer/Director

Regularly featured on radio and TV, Charlene Doak-Gebauer is a globally renowned expert on all aspects of digital child and family protection in the modern world. She’s the award-winning Producer/Director of the documentary "Vulnerable Innocence,” the Founder and Chair of the federal Canadian charity “Internet Sense First”; and of the AICET Council (International Anti Internet Child Exploitation Team). Her Theory of Digital Supervision for proactive online child protection is an important standard. In high demand as a keynote speaker, she has taken the stage in the United States, Iceland, Europe, Nigeria, Australia, and India, and is often called on by organizations like Crime Stoppers, schools, teacher conferences, police organizations and other corporate conferences around the world. She has presented on Parliament Hill in Canada and is the Ambassador for Canada, for the The United States Presidential Service Center. Tireless in her advocacy, Doak-Gebauer also serves as a Member of the Advisory Board - B.E. A S.H.E.R.O. Foundation, Las Vegas, USA; Global Chair, Childcare and Protection, G100 Organization; Member and speaker - Canadian Peace Research Association; Member International Internet Society; Member Business and Professional Women. In addition to all of this, Charlene is also the author of two impactful books - "Digital Sexual Victims: True Cases" (nominated for an international award by the Delta Kappa Gamma society of educators), and her newest : "The Internet: Are Children In Charge?".

In addition to educating adults, Charlene was also instrumental in creating the children’s program : Angel ExpressNet - Children learn how to express themselves safely online! All done in an entertaining show which is fun for children and families. She has joined with an unbelievable ventriloquist, Yvette, for entertainment with positive outcomes.

Charlene is often asked how she became involved in this quest. Her answer? She knows too well the life-long effects of these horrendous types of violations. Charlene herself was traumatized by the sexual assault by a teacher while on a field trip in high school when she was just fifteen years old, but it was something that happened to young family members that pushed her to action. Her family was affected by the crime of child pornography twice. “Two different family members, two different times, in two different cities,” and too many times, as Charlene has said. Her family member was only four years old when neighbors used her for inappropriate activities, pictures, and videos. That young family member “lived her life to the beat of her own drum,” - but ultimately was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 22. Charlene began her charity in memory of her family member and in support of all victims globally.

More information about Charlene:


2023 Distinguished Londoner Award, London, Canada
2022 Honorary Doctorate, Rai Technology University, India
2022 Inaugural Phoenix Award, B.E. A S.H.E.R.O. Foundation, Las Vegas, for her efforts in anti-human trafficking
2022 Best Producer and Best Director for her documentary "Vulnerable Innocence"
2022 24 international awards for the film "Vulnerable Innocence"
2018 The International Women of Excellence Award, 2018
2006 The Bishop Townshend Award of Teaching Excellence;

Education includes: four universities (University of New Brunswick, University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto and University of California Santa Barbara). She has also attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

Charlene is a licensed secondary school educator, specializing in Computer Science. In addition, she has been the Computer Network Administrator in different secondary schools.

Charlene speaks at conferences and other types of gatherings. She will also prepare workshops for organizations, tailored to the needs of the organization.

Nancy Lynch, Biography

Nancy Lynch is a writer and director based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.

Nancy began writing screenplays in 2006 when she completed her first screenwriting course and became a member of the NB Film Coop. Since then, she continued to learn about various aspects of film making by taking additional courses including ones given by the NB Film Coop, the Robert McKee Story Seminar in Vancouver and the Syd Field Seminar in Toronto. In 2011, Nancy completed the Professional Program in Screenwriting from UCLA, School of Theatre, Film and Television.

She wrote and directed her first short film, Hello Ladassia in 2010. The film had a successful debut at film festivals winning the Audience Choice Award at Parrsboro Film Festival and nominated for best short screenplay (drama) at Silver Wave Film Festival.

Her next short film Side of the Road was an award winning short film at the Canadian and International Short Film Festival and a semi finalist at the Directors Cut International Film Festival. It screened at several film festivals and was nominated for best cinematography and best screenplay and won best actress award at Silver Wave Film Festival in 2017.

Nancy’s screenplay When The Sun Goes Down on Grimmer Street was an official selection at the Macroproject Film Festival and optioned by Steam Powered Studios.

Nancy co-directed a short film OK Boomer- Digi Dating Anyone in 2020 and a documentary Vulnerable Innocence The Internet: Are Children in Charge in 2021.

Nancy currently has two short film projects pre-production.

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Director Statement

“Vulnerable Innocence” is a documentary providing information regarding the reality of online vulnerabilities of children worldwide. This film has been produced to provide real information and assistance to parents, caregivers, and professionals in supervising children online and on digital devices. The unique, user-friendly Theory of Digital Supervision is the basis of the film, with volunteers from around the world providing testimonials; professionals contributing to the understanding of the theory; and, children acting in dramatizations about Digital Supervision. It is an honour to present this documentary to the public, with a goal to having children safe and supervised online, worldwide.