Talking to Youth about Sextortion

Sextortion involves individuals who coerce youth into sending sexual images or engaging in sexual acts via webcam and then blackmail them with the threat of distributing the sexual images/videos if they do not pay money or provide more sexual images/videos. The use of live streaming services has increased the vulnerability of youth to this type of exploitation. Through live streaming services youth are recorded without their knowledge and then blackmailed with the threat of distributing the recorded content.

Use stories from the media to talk with your child about real life situations that have unfolded with other teens. Talk about the risks associated with using technology to experiment sexually and the potential risk of blackmail/extortion. Create “what if” scenarios together and generate options for getting out of or avoiding difficult situations.

Media Story Examples