- Mental health
- Rising trend of teenage boys exposed to ‘Sextortion’ threats
Rising trend of teenage boys exposed to ‘Sextortion’ threats
“In addition to the threats and coercion, victims often feel like they are powerless to do anything to prevent the release of the images they have shared and feel they will be deeply shamed and embarrassed. This has an obvious impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
“If your child is or has been a victim, it is important to stay calm and reassure them that it’s not their fault and that there is help available through Kids Helpline who work in partnership with the AFP-led Australian Centre to counter Child Exploitation (ACCE), police and the e Safety Commissioner,” continued Ms Adams.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, children and young people are able to choose to contact Kids Helpline by telephone, WebChat or email counselling when they need to talk through issues including online safety concerns.
Technology has evolved dramatically in the past two decades and the benefits have been huge. These developments have also exposed children and young people to many risks with real-world impacts, making online safety awareness even more important. Ms Adams concluded that a whole-of-community response is crucial to protect children. This importantly includes increased awareness and education aimed at preventing online extortion from happening in the first place.
Kids Helpline plays a vital role in supporting young people across Australia who have been subjected to online abuse, had a negative experience online such as online abuse, harassment, sextortion or image-based abuse through our Kids helpline support channels and website which hosts a range of useful resources for young
people, parents and carers. Young people can reach out to Kids Helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On Safer Internet Day Kids Helpline will join with partner organisations across Australia, including the Office of The eSafety Commissioner to promote the message of Connect. Reflect. Protect.
Connect safely and with purpose – by keeping apps and devices secure and using social media in positive ways.
Reflect before we act – by taking a moment to consider how what we do and say online may affect others.
Protect ourselves and others by taking action – by telling family, friends or colleagues about eSafety and how we can help.
By doing these simple things, we can work towards making every day a Safer Internet Day.
Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 counselling service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years.
Kids Helpline is a a service of yourtown. Free call 1800 55 1800 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or use email or web counselling services. www.kidshelpline.com.au
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