Sextortion happens when an individual manipulates, coerces, or threatens a child into providing sexually explicit images or videos, and then uses these materials to extort or exploit them further. Discovering that your child has fallen victim to such a distressing crime can be devastating, but it's crucial to respond swiftly, empathetically, and effectively.
Our analysts at the IWF are receiving increasing reports of this type of crime. Sometimes the blackmailer shows the victim a compilation of images which includes the original nude or intimate image which was first shared, plus the victim’s social media accounts, friends and family lists, as well as falsely accusing the victim of crimes that they haven’t committed.
This guide aims to empower parents by providing essential steps and insights on how to handle the traumatic situation of child sextortion. By understanding the nature of the crime and taking prompt action, you can support your child and work towards mitigating the potential harm caused.
Our TALK checklist offers parents, carers and guardians advice on how to have useful conversations with your child.
CEOP Education provides a variety of guidance for children, parents/carers and professionals working with young people.
The Children's Commissioner has a hub of information on a variety of topics including a guide for parents on talking to your child about online sexual harassment.
Parents Protect provides advice and support to help parents and carers protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
Report Harmful Content can help you to report harmful content online by providing up-to-date information on community standards and links to the reporting facilities across multiple platforms.
Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales.
The Marie Collins Foundation offers free support for victims and survivors of sexual abuse. Specialist staff can offer someone to talk to, support and practical advice.