By exposing their personal details online without proper precautions, either via social media platforms or by sharing sexualised self-produced images, children and adolescents create the possibility of being targeted as potential victims by online predators.
An offender’s modus operandi typically involves initiating contact with youngsters on social media platforms.
The subject of self-generated images brings added challenges.
In some jurisdictions it is sometimes considered that the minor who generated the picture and distributed it is guilty of producing and disseminating child abuse material .
Many cases of sexual extortion are a consequence of ‘sexting’.