Online grooming and making friends online

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Online grooming is when someone makes friends with you online, so that they can persuade you to do something sexual, like sending a photo or video.

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Online grooming is wrong.

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Someone may be grooming you if they send you lots of compliments…

…or says they like all the things you like.

Lots of text messages all saying hello/hey how are you?

Someone may be grooming you if they send you lots of messages…

Text message saying I wish i had your sexy ass laying here.

…or if they send you sexual messages.

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Be careful if someone asks you to keep the conversation private…

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…or if they avoid having video or phone calls. They may say their camera or phone is broken.

Stay safe by:

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Letting others see your conversations

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Not sharing personal information, like your full name or where you live

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Speaking to your safe person if you are asked to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with.

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