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Watch Out For “Sextortion”

Teachers in the U.K. have been warned to be on the lookout for “sextortion.” The National Crime Agency says that there has been “a considerable increase in global cases of financially motivated sexual extortion – a type of online blackmail widely known as ‘sextortion’.”

Sextortion is when someone demands money from you because they have nude photos that they can threaten you with.

You would think that young girls are the most vulnerable to sextortion, but surprisingly, the opposite is true. According to the U.K. government, “a large proportion of cases have involved male victims aged between 14-18. Ninety-one percent of victims in UK sextortion cases dealt with by the Internet Watch Foundation in 2023 were male.”

Best practices to avoid this: Teach your children not to take nude photos.

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