Sextortion is a type of online blackmail where people are tricked into performing sexual acts on webcam and then blackmailed to pay a sum of money in order to avoid images or videos being shared with friends and family on their social media contact lists. There are a wide range of motives behind this type of financial crime.
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But here’s how to find out: Scientists need to ask better questions — and big tech needs to help.
Reports of online scares or challenges encouraging harmful or suicidal behaviours can be alarming and confusing. Here we look at how you can speak to your child about scares and challenges, and how to respond if they have seen one.
Love it or hate it, parents have made their way on to social media, and seem to be there to stay.
It's a great way of staying in touch - and it's always amusing watching your parents attempt to take selfies or use emojis.
But if they share photos of you online without your permission - and have no understanding of privacy settings - have they crossed the line?
It's disappointing to see people and organisations who should know better, sharing alarmist misinformation about Momo - again. I thought we'd dealt with this last time it appeared in our timelines on socialmedia.
However, if you believe a child is vulnerable, could easily be pursuaded by strangers to take their own life, and does not receive ongoing guidance and support from a parent or carer, then seek professional help for that child immediately.
The following article provides a clear overview of the Momo issue.
...And a flyer for parents by National Online Safety is here
Molly Russell, 14, took her own life in 2017. When her family looked into her Instagram account they found distressing material about depression and suicide.
Molly's father Ian says he believes Instagram is partly responsible for his daughter's death.