Let’s Chat About Online Grooming
Meeting new people online is exciting, but it’s important to make sure that these friendships are the right kind of relationships.
COVID-19 lockdowns mean that many people, especially children, are spending more time than ever before on the Internet to connect with people in their daily lives.
The online world helps children learn, play, and connect with friends and family, but there are also risks and dangers such as online grooming and sexual exploitation of children.
Online grooming is sexual abuse and happens when adults communicate with young people under 18 years old because they want a sexual relationship. Grooming takes place over time and a perpetrator often starts by building a relationship with a young person to find out about their needs and vulnerabilities. Once they’ve developed trust, the abuse forms slowly through manipulation and demands. This relationship is also often made a secret and can escalate into physical harm.
With more children going online each day, empowering them to know how to make good choices online is becoming more important.
Let’s Chat is a mini story of four close friends who learn about the need to balance trust, relationships, and risks online, and discover what they can do to combat online grooming and the tactics employed by perpetrators.
Meeting new people online is exciting, but it’s important to make sure that these friendships are the right kind of relationships. Watch the episodes to find out how this group of friends help each other navigate their way through online and offline life.
Together, we can make the Internet safer by being a proactive and socially responsible community.
Here are some things you can do to help combat online grooming and sexual exploitation in Cambodia and make the Internet safer for children: