Q. What is online sexual abuse?

Online sexual abuse is usually undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another with the use of Information, Communication and Technology(ICT) and/or the internet.

Q. What is Sexual Exploitation of Children Online (SECO)?

Sexual Exploitation of Children Online (SECO) refers to crimes committed by offenders who are using Information Communications Technology (ICT) and/or the Internet to facilitate the sexual abuse of children.

Q. What is online grooming?

Online grooming is when a person over the age of 18 contacts a child under 16 to form a trusting relationship, with the intention of later engaging in a sexual act either via mobile telephone, webcam or in person. The relationship starts online and is often continued in person. In some cases the relationship is purely online. Online groomers are known to spend weeks, months and even years communicating with a child to form a trusted relationship.

Q. What is the risk of sending images of mine?

If you decide to send pictures of yourself or post them online, you can attract unwanted attention from people you don’t know or people you do not want to be talking to. You can lose control of your image and not know who is looking at your picture or where it may end up.

If you are under the age of 18 and have a picture taken of yours, wearing minimal or no clothing, it can be referred to as child pornography.

Q. What if someone asks me to do something I don’t want to?

It is important that you tell someone what has happened if you are made to feel uncomfortable online. The first thing you should do is tell an adult that you trust. They will be able to help you.

Blocking or deleting the person from your contact list is another good thing to do, but make sure your parents or a trusted adult is aware of what has happened too.

Q. What is “Sexting”?

Sexting is a term used to describe the sexually explicit text messages or images sent via a mobile telephone or the internet to anybody.

Law enforcement calls this type of behaviour the production, distribution and possession of child pornography through the use of a carriage service (mobile technologies and the internet).

One should never feel pressured into saying or doing anything like this. If someone really loves or cares about you they will never ask you to do this.

Q. Is it good to put your personal information online?

Personal information should not be placed online. Try to avoid placing too much information on the internet such as your current city and date of birth. This information along with pictures makes it easier for unwanted people to identify and possibly locate you.

Q. What if I see something I didn’t mean to look at?

If you see something online you believe could be child sexual exploitation material, you should tell a trusted adult straight away and report it to police. Even if you are unsure of what you are looking at it is best to talk to someone who can help.

Q. Is it okay to share password with others?

It is better not to share your password with anyone else except your parents. People may use use password for negative purposes.

Q. Is it good to accept friend request from an unknown person?

No, there are a lot of offenders waiting for one chance to get connected to you. It is good to make limited friends that you know rather than a lot but unknown ones. Always, think before you accept friend requests.

Q. What kinds of Children are More Vulnerable Online?

  • Teenagers
  • Children questioning their sexuality
  • Children with Disability
  • Children with Low Self Esteem
  • Children with Mental health Issues
  • Children with High Level of Internet Access
  • Children Who Are Socially isolated
  • Children with Limited peer support
  • Children who have been Previously groomed offline

Q. What can I do if I notice Child Sexual Abuse Online?

If You notice Child Sexual Abuse  Online, don’t Panic. Report it to 1098- Child Helpline, 104 or 100.

You can also call on VOC’s number +977-1-5548018 | 5548619 | 5546390

(sources: http://virtualglobaltaskforce.com/resources/faqs/ & http://aarambhindia.org/online-safety/)