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Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Cybertip.ca, Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children, has found that adolescent boys are being heavily targeted on Instagram® and Snapchat® as part of an ongoing sextortion crisis.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), which operates Cybertip.ca, received an unprecedented volume of reports from youth, and sometimes their concerned parents, about falling prey to aggressive sextortion tactics over the past few weeks. In August alone, Cybertip.ca opened case files for 322 victims of sextortion.
Of these cases:
Data collected by C3P also found that when victims disclosed the platforms used to facilitate the harm, Instagram (42 per cent) and Snapchat (38 per cent) were by far the most frequently used social media platforms where victims were targeted. This suggests that offenders seek out children where they can be easily found: the social platforms they engage with for hours each day.
Sextortionists used two distinct tactics in the majority of the cases reviewed by Cybertip.ca, and both begin with youth being tricked into believing they are interacting with someone their age. The conversation is quickly turned sexual, and if a victim sends an intimate image, the offender behind the account often immediately makes aggressive demands for money or more images while threatening to release the images to the victim’s family and friends.
The analysis also showed an emerging tactic where the victim is sent nude images of children from the person behind the fake account. The offender will then threaten to report the victim to police, claiming they are in possession of child sexual abuse material. Demands for money immediately follow.
Work with teens on their privacy settings, including:
○ Review the “Who Can” section under Settings to modify and limit who can contact your teen, view their stories, see them in Quick Add, and see their location.
○ Enable “Supervision” with your teens permission to have access to their following and followers list, and to be notified when they get new followers. Parents can send an invite to use “Supervision” to their child under Settings.
○ Enable “Limits,” to limit comments and messages from unwanted groups (Limits can be found under Settings > Privacy).
○ Review who can view or reply to their Instagram story (found under Settings > Privacy > Story).
○ Review who they can receive messages from (found under Settings > Privacy > Message Controls).
Have regular conversations about online safety — talk about the apps they use, games they play, and who they’re connecting with. For tips on how to get the conversation started with kids and teens of all ages, visit protectkidsonline.ca.
Remind teens they can always come to you for help if something has happened without fear of getting in trouble or losing their device.
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