Help a friend with online sexual exploitation & abuse

Although you’re not responsible for making the exploitation and abuse stop, you can help by being a good friend.

Here are a few ways to help a friend dealing with online sexual exploitation and abuse:

  • •    Reach out: let your friend know you’re worried. You can say, “I care about you and I want to help you.”
  • •    Don't take it personally: don’t get upset if your friend isn’t ready to talk about it. Knowing that you care may be enough for now.
  • •    Be a team: offer to help your friend speak to a safe adult (a teacher, principal, parent/caregiver, etc.) when they're ready. Don't push the person. You can also give your friend Kids Help Phone’s number and offer to call a counsellor together.
  • •    Go to a safe adult: if you’re concerned about your friend’s safety and well-being, it’s important to involve a safe adult.
  • •    Take care of yourself: being a good friend can be challenging and you may need support. Try to think of a safe adult you can speak to about your feelings such as a teacher, coach or parent/caregiver.

If you would like to know more about this topic, or would like to speak with a professional counsellor, connect confidentially and anonymously with us by phone or Live Chat.


If you are unable to reach a counsellor due to high call volume, please text 686868 to connect confidentially with a volunteer Crisis Responder.