Online Dangers: Capping
What is capping?
Capping is when someone, typically an adult, records or screenshots youth they target on various video streaming platforms or applications getting naked or engaging in sexual activities — often without the victim knowing they are recording the video chat. They may share this video with others, or use it to sextort their victim.
A capper might use the following tactics
- Approach your child by pretending to be someone they are not — often someone around your child's age
- Take your child to a private chat or less secure platform to video chat
- Often use video clips and specialized software to make a convincing "bait video" to trick your child into having a conversation with them
- Trick or coerce your child into taking off their clothes or engaging in sexual activities on camera, sometimes by promising to do the same
- Capture the video — cappers can be so fast that kids don't even know it has happened to them
What you can do
The most important thing is to be aware and to talk openly and regularly with your child:
- Let them know you are available to talk any time
- Understand they may be hesitant to share with you
- Use real life examples they can relate to that aren't about them
- Talk about online safety, privacy, establishing boundaries, healthy relationships and consent
- Talk to them about not giving in to pressure and breaking off communication if they feel threatened or uncomfortable
- Tell them it's always okay to come to you or another safe adult, even if they think they've made a mistake
- Tell them about resources like Cybertip.ca and NeedHelpNow.ca in case they are worried and do not want to come to you
Watch with your kids
An animated video for youth that introduces the topic of capping and gives high-level advice.
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