Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones.
Online abuse may be part of abuse that is taking place in the real world for example bullying or grooming. Or it may be that the abuse only happens online for example persuading children to take part in sexual activity online.
Children can be at risk of online abuse from people they know, as well as from strangers.
Children can feel like there is no escape from online abuse – abusers can contact them at any time of the day or night, the abuse can come into safe places like their bedrooms, and images and videos can be stored and shared with other people.
Children and young people may experience Grooming, grooming includes:
Children and young people may also experience Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation or Emotional abuse. When sexual exploitation happens online, young people may be persuaded, or forced, to:
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