The Sûreté du Québec, has found a 50% increase of reports on sexual exploitation of children and adolescents on the Internet in the wake of the containment.
April 9, 2020 10h14
Updated at 14h04
Sexual predators on the Internet: an increase in reports, noted the SQ
Reports on sexual exploitation of children and adolescents on the Internet have increased in Quebec in the wake of the containment, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), which calls for the vigilance of the parents.
The increase is approximately 50%, and it has been observed in all of Quebec, including in the region of the Capitale-Nationale region, says lieutenant Hugo Fournier, of the Sûreté du Québec.
“As young people spend more time online in this period of containment, the risks associated with this type of crime to rise also,” explains Mr. Fournier.
The SQ. recalls that the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet can take many forms.
Some predators try to convince the child to produce pictures or videos of a sexual nature by manipulating or threatening on the Internet. Others are pretending to be part of the same age group or go to a trusted adult in order to bind with the child to then be able to meet them and exploit them.
In this period of containment, note the lieutenant Fournier, they are also a lot of the young people themselves who produce and share intimate images of themselves without awareness of the potential consequences.
The Sûreté du Québec is calling on the vigilance of the parents so that they are on the lookout for this type of sexual exploitation. She encourages them to pay particular attention to the use that their children make electronic devices and their activities on the Internet.
The SQ is recalled that any form of sexual content involving minors, whether produced by a cyberprédateur or by the child or young person himself, is illegal.
The SQ, in collaboration with the police Department of the City of Montreal, gives these prevention tips to parents to protect children from sexual exploitation on the internet :
- Educate your child to the hazards they may be exposed on the Internet, including sexual exploitation, and inform them of ways to protect themselves.
- Remind them never to disclose personal information without your permission (name, address, phone, etc).
- Tell him to never agree to meet a “friend” in person.
- Encourage your child to share his / her experiences on the Internet with you the way you talk to him of his other friends and activities not virtual.
- Select the privacy settings are the highest for the online gambling systems, electronic devices and applications.
- Install the computer in a room accessible to the whole family.
- Exercise supervision of its activities on the Internet, among other things, allows you to sites of interest.
- Ask him to inform you if a person asked him to provide photos of him or of the practice activities of a sexual nature.
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