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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There has been many incidents in recent years similar to this.
Over the weekend, news outlets reported that a New Zealand man named Andrew Barker had found a camera, hidden in a smoke detector, in his Airbnb that was livestreaming a feed of the living room. Barker was in Cork, Ireland, on a 14-month trip around Europe with his family when they checked into the rental house. Once they unpacked, Barker, who works in IT security, conducted a scan of the Wi-Fi network and found a camera the owner had not mentioned. He was then able to connect to the camera and view the live feed.
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.
A practical campaign toolkit to address the issue of online sexual harassment amongst young people aged 13 – 17 years.
BBC CBBC resource site with clear and practical support for all elements of online lfe for young people and children.
Why not play CEOP's fun 'Band Runner' game for 8-10 year olds which sees children collect points and answer questions about staying safe online.