Online Child Sexual Exploitation
From Public Safety Canada
As technology has advanced, child sexual exploitation has drastically increased in Canada. In fact, between 2014 and 2020, Cybertip.ca processed over 4.3 million child sexual exploitation reports. We can only begin to solve this problem as a country if we learn more about it.
What you should know
Online child sexual exploitation is when children are tricked into seeing or participating in online encounters of a sexual nature. Though we all understand it's a horrific crime, many don't know how prevalent it is in Canada. As a country, we need to open our eyes to the reality of the problem — and work together to keep our children safe. Find out what you can do to help prevent online child sexual exploitation. Explore our resources below to learn more about topics like grooming, capping, sexting, sextortion, and the distribution of naked images and videos.
Resources for parents and caregivers
Know what to watch for and how to speak to your kids about online child sexual exploitation.
Resources for youth
What young people should know about online sexual exploitation.
Resources for educators
Find resources to share with your class.
An unimaginable problem
Online child sexual exploitation is a topic that's hard to face. But if we don't acknowledge the problem, we can't help solve it.
Infographic - Online Child Sexual Exploitation
Check out the infographic for the stats on how serious of a problem online child sexual exploitation is in Canada.
Online Dangers Virtual Panel
On February 8, 2022, Public Safety Canada held a virtual panel event titled Online Dangers: Cyberbullying and Online Child Sexual Exploitation. Our panel of experts included representatives from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Kids Help Phone and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. If you missed it, you can watch the panel recording here.
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