Red Flags for Online Exploitation

If an online friend:

  • Is constantly asking you to do things that make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe
  • Is not taking “no” for an answer
  • Is guilt-tripping or threatening you
  • Is giving you lots of online gifts, such as cheat codes, admin codes, or online gift cards
  • Is asking you to switch online platforms, for example from a gaming platform to a social media platform
  • Is asking you to meet in real life
  • Is making you change your routine to chat with them (for example, asking you to be online late at night or to keep your conversations a secret)

Your online friend may be an online exploiter.

For next steps, check out our top 10 tips for staying safe online.


About Children of the Street

Children of the Street is dedicated to preventing the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth in British Columbia. We achieve this goal through education strategies, public awareness initiatives, and family support. Children of the Street is a program of PLEA Community Services Society of BC.

We acknowledge that we work, live and play on the unseeded territories of the Kwiketlem, Tseil-Waututh, Sto:lo and Qayqayt peoples.

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