The Federal Bureau of Investigations is launching its #StopSextortion campaign to help families understand the problem of sextortion.
FBI is seeing more and more cases involving sextortion sometimes with children as young as 7 or 8 years old. Extortionists find children and teens on social media, through gaming apps, or other online platforms and groom the child using flattery or gifts. Eventually the extortionists would convince the child to send a nude photo and when the child attempts to pull away afterwards they will be threatened with the release of the nude photo. Over time the actions can escalate to include more explicit photos, or performing sex acts.
Parents can protect their children by starting the conversation and teaching them how to safely use social media.
If your child is a victim of sextortion report it to the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI or online at https://tips.fbi.gov. If you are a child being victimized tell a trusted adult.
"Remember - you are not the one in trouble," the FBI press release said. "Criminals will try to make you feel unsure, scared or embarrassed. Your willingness to talk to a trusted adult, though, may just be the key to keeping this predator from hurting someone else."