Online grooming is when a predator forms a trusting relationship with a victim through online communication, with the purpose of preparing the victim for sexual abuse in the future. Predators take advantage of the Internet or mobile phones as an easy way to meet and maintain contact with potential victims, usually targeting children and young people. Child grooming may also be used to attract minors to criminal activity such as child pornography.
As a parent, it’s important for you to educate yourself on the latest online threats, establish rules and discuss safety practices to educate your kids about safe Internet use. Teenagers are particularly at risk because they mostly get online unsupervised and are more likely than younger kids to participate in online activities.
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