OPP Urging all Parents and Caregivers to Speak to Their Children
Norfolk County, ON - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment
investigated an incident that was reported from a Norfolk County, Ontario address.
On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at approximately 3:46 p.m., police were contacted by
a concerned parent reporting that their daughter had sent sexually inappropriate
photographs and a video through a social media chat room.
Through the course of investigation, it was determined that a 13-year-old female
met a 16-year-old male online and both began to correspond. During the course of
conversing, the male asked for explicit photographs and videos of the female which
were ultimately sent. This was discovered by the parents of the female who immediately
The OPP is concerned about the safety of those involved, and wants to create a greater
awareness about the issue and what can be done if a teen finds themselves overwhelmed
with the reality of their actions. There has been a marked increase in the number
of reports involving youth sending and requesting sexually explicit images or videos
over the internet or text messaging. This is called self-peer exploitation. It is
also known as sexting.
Teens need to realize the long and short term dangers of sending out photographs
of themselves. Those who distribute it also need to be aware of the criminal ramifications
of doing so.
Porn culture is becoming pop culture, and often parents do not know that their kids
are involved, and it can be difficult to determine. Parents are encouraged to have
honest and frank discussions with their kids about what self-peer exploitation is,
and explain that the images can often end up somewhere they may not want them to
be. Be prepared to offer them some information about who they can turn to if they
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charitable organization dedicated
to the personal safety of children, with a goal to reduce child victimization. They
are a great resource, and have many links to information that is helpful to parents,
educators and teens themselves. The Centre also has a tip line to report online
sexual exploitation called
Cybertip.ca is developing and disseminating effective intervention and
prevention practices to reach a variety of stakeholders.
"Everyone needs to realize the long and short term dangers of sending out photographs
and videos of themselves. Those who distribute it also need to be aware of the criminal
ramifications of doing so. Once it's out there, you can't get it back and you should
not be embarrassed to speak to police about your concerns." - Constable Ed Sanchuk,
Norfolk County OPP.
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