Current forms of child online abuse and exploitation

2/6/2017 6:42:32 PM

Current forms of child online abuse and exploitation include:

  • Cyberbullying: emotional harassment, defamation and social exposure, intimidation, social exclusion;
  • Online sexual abuse: distribution of sexually explicit and violent content, sexual harassment;
  • Online sexual exploitation: production, distribution and use of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) (child pornography), "sextortion", "revenge pornography";
  • Cyber extremism: ideological indoctrination and recruitment, threats of extreme violence;
  • Online commercial fraud: identity theft, phishing, hacking, financial fraud;
  • Habit formation and online enticement to illegal behaviors: access to alcohol, cheating, plagiarism, gambling, drug trafficking, sexting and self-exposure;
  • Grooming: preparing a child, significant adults and the environment for sexual abuse and exploitation or ideological manipulation.

Widespread of sexting and self-exposure in messages among both boys and girls. Consequences of sexting may include trauma, reputation damage, suicide, etc. Sexting, self-exposure and grooming increases the vulnerability of children and adolescents to sexual harassment, abuse, exploitation, financial extortion and “revenge porn”. 

There are no reliable figures on the extent, patterns and trends of child online abuse and exploitation in India, since no comprehensive surveys have been carried out on these issues. National crime statistics include a category of cybercrime, but this focuses only on commercial fraud and online radicalization, with no component of child online abuse. 

For more info Download UNICEF India Child Online Protection in India Report (September 2016)

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