Children and Online Exploitation

The unfortunate truth is, there are people who go online with the sole purpose of exploiting, manipulating or abusing children. Most online activities are not harmful when you take the right precautions, but you should be aware that the following could bring your children into contact with people who want to exploit them:

  • Online chatting
  • Photo sharing
  • Webcams
  • Sexting -- text messaging sexual messages
  • Online gaming
  • Social networking websites

If you're concerned about your child's safety online and you're looking for more information, please visit is Canada's national tip line for reporting online sexual exploitation of children. accepts and addresses online and telephone reports from the public regarding:

  • Child pornography (child abuse images and material)
  • Online luring
  • Child exploitation through prostitution
  • Travelling to sexually exploit children
  • Child trafficking

In case of emergency

If you know about a child who is in immediate danger or risk, call 911 or your local police.

To report online sexual exploitation of a child (i.e. child pornography, luring, child sex tourism, child prostitution), please visit:, complete and submit the Reporting Form.

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