#CyberFLASH: Police brief teens, parents on sextortion

1297516661469_ORIGINALThe Cyber Crime Unit of the Greater Sudbury Police Service has passed on an warning from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection regarding offenders recording teenagers exposing themselves on live streaming videos, then threatening to release the video if money is not paid – a practice known as sextortion, which appears to be becoming more widespread.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection strongly encourages parents to discuss online safety with their teens and most importantly, convince their children to come forward if they or their peers are victims of sextortion.

Teens need to understand that they should never comply with threats, as this only makes the situation worse.

Parents are strongly encouraged to have regular conversations with their teens around online safety.

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