The issue of self/peer exploitation has become a growing concern for parents and school personnel. Coined in the media as “sexting”, this behaviour is generally defined as youth creating, sending or sharing sexual images and/or videos with peers via the Internet and/or electronic devices. It usually involves exchanging images/videos through cell phone picture/video messaging, messaging apps (on iPhones, Blackberries, Androids), social networking sites, etc.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (through our Cybertip.ca program) has created a Resource Guide for Families to assist parents in adequately responding to these types of incidents. If a sexual image/video of your child has been created and shared with a peer(s), or if your child has shared an image/video of a peer with others, this guide will serve to:
This resource is designed to assist families when responding to a self/peer exploitation incident; it is also a useful tool to guide a discussion with your child about preventing her/his involvement in this type of activity.
If you are a school, you can order the resource guide School and Family Approaches to Intervention and Prevention: Addressing Self/Peer Exploitation.
In addition to the Resource Guide for Families, Cybertip.ca has created a website on self/peer exploitation that is geared towards youth. On this site, teens can access information about how to manage this type of incident, including information about how to request images/videos be removed from websites. For more information, please visit Need Help Now.