Do you talk to people on chatrooms, social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, instant messaging apps, online gaming sites or dating apps?
Do you really know who these people are?
Have you been in contact with someone you don’t know personally and exchanged personal information, such as email, phone number or your address?
- Make you send them any naked images or videos of yourself?
- Send you sexual online messages or ‘sexts’?
- Make you do something sexual on a webcam?
- Make you feel uncomfortable or intimidated?
- Constantly call or message you?
- Ask who else uses your phone, computer, laptop or tablet?
- Make you feel like you have no control over the situation?
- Blackmail you by threatening to post images or videos that you have sent them online if you tell someone?
- Ask you to meet with them person?
If so, you could be putting yourself in danger
The person you are talking to may not be your friend and could be a groomer. They could be a man or a woman, young or old. Online grooming and sexual abuse is a crime, but if you are a victim it is important to know it is not your fault.
Staying safe online is important to stop you from being a target. You should never give out your personal details online to people you don’t know. You should never send sexual pictures of yourself and you should never agree to meet up with someone that you’ve met online, particularly in a private place or without your family knowing. Doing so can make it possible for an online groomer to hurt you.
If you are worried about something that is happening to you online there are people and places that can help.