TORONTO – Canadian cases of online sex-related extortion — “sextortion” — against children are increasing, following trends in the United States.
U.S. federal officials and advocates are urging educators and parents to help raise awareness at school events.
In sextortion cases, preying adults typically pose on social media as someone younger to coerce victims into sending inappropriate photos or video clips. Once initial images are delivered, the adult threatens to expose them publicly unless the victim sends more explicit pictures.
Amanda Todd, of Port Coquitlam, B.C., took her own life after an online tormentor posted pictures of her flashing her breasts.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection suggests parents have conversations with youth about risks associated with the Internet: (click link to read more)