Online Child Sexual Exploitation

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, 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.


Video length: 31 seconds.

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Narrator: When children are online…

Open on 10-year-old girl seated on a stool at a kitchen island. She is totally engrossed in what she’s doing on the computer. We see her dad finishing putting away dishes in the kitchen. She gets some sort of notification on her computer – which distracts her from what she was doing.

Narrator: They’re never alone.

The father crosses through the frame. As the father passes, we see a male adult Perpetrator now sitting awkwardly close to the girl, on a previously empty stool.

Narrator: Online predators use kid-friendly apps and games to meet children, build trust…

A 11 year old boy is sitting on a beanbag chair playing a video game in front of a large TV in a rec room. As the screen lights up we see a male adult Perpetrator crouched beside the boy staring at him.

Narrator: And trick them into sharing sexual images of themselves or meeting up in person.

We see a teenage girl in her bedroom on her phone. She’s texting with somebody. She gets up and walks towards a full-length mirror in her bedroom.

Narrator: And it happens in Canada more than you think.

The girl stands in front of the mirror with her phone in hand to take a selfie. We see a male adult Perpetrator in the reflection of the mirror as the girl reaches to unzip her hoodie, ready to take a photograph.

Narrator: Learn how to protect your children from online sexual exploitation.


Narrator: A message from the Government of Canada.

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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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