Cyber Crime


Did You Know

17% of sexters share the messages they receive with others & 55% of those share them with more than one person.

Cyber-crime basically means any crime committed online. As the number of ways to access the internet has increased in the world, so has the number and types of cyber-crime offences being committed. The most common examples that young people are exposed include;

Sexting is the sending of inappropriate and explicit messages. This includes indecent pictures of friends/girlfriends/boyfriends in naked/semi naked or provocative poses. Even if you were under the age of 18 and had an indecent image of another young person, you would technically be in possession of an indecent image of a child, which is an offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Pressuring someone into sending a nude pic can happen in any relationship and to anyone, whatever their age, gender or sexual preference.

Cyber bullying is the electronic version of bullying and usually occurs via social media. The effects can be more severe than bullying as people have access to the internet and their phones 24/7 meaning they can be exposed to bullies at any time.

Obscene content is when the words or images on a site (or social network profile) offend other people, e.g. racist words that could encourage hatred of other races.

Online Grooming is the name given to the process that an abuser will use to control someone. This usually starts with the abuser forming a relationship and building an emotional connection with a young person to gain their trust for the purposes of abuse or exploitation. Online groomers can be of any age, sex or ethnicity. Through the use of fake online accounts abuser are able to mislead young people so they are in fact unaware of that they have become a victim or are being exploited.

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