Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

The online world, which includes chat forums, websites, social media sites, e-mail, and mobile phones, is a place that offers young people tons of opportunities to learn, explore, and communicate. But it can also be a place where young people get abused or exploited by adults or other teens.  Sometimes online conversations that start out as friendly can become uncomfortable, scary, and even dangerous.

In these sections, you will learn how to identify online sexual abuse and online sexual exploitation, what to do if you are being abused or exploited online, and how to help a friend. We will also provide links to the resources that exist specifically to help protect you and your friends from online sexual abuse and exploitation.


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Last reviewed February 2015 by the Kids Help Phone Counselling Team


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