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Previously Issued Cybertip.ca Alerts

Alarming escalation in sextortion tactics targeting teens

Cybertip.ca is seeing an escalation in tactics being used by offenders to sextort teens. This comes on the heels of the tipline’s most recent alert that warned parents of a 62% increase in reports of teens being sextorted over the past six months, with males, ages 15‑17, being a particular focus.

Further rise in the sextortion of male teens

Cybertip.ca, Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children, has seen a 62% increase in reports of teens being sextorted over the past six months, with males, ages 15–17, being the biggest target.

New Sextortion Tactics Reported to Cybertip.ca

Cybertip.ca has started to receive reports of a new concerning sextortion tactic. Offenders are superimposing a youth’s face in a video or photo to make it look like they are nude or engaging in a sex act. Then they demand the youth send them money or gift cards, or they will send the video or photo to the victim’s friends and family.

What are “cappers” and why do parents need to know?

With kids spending more time online during COVID‑19, individuals looking to exploit children online are sharing “best practices” for targeting and abusing children during this pandemic.

Keeping Kids Safe Online While Out of School

With school closures due to COVID‑19, children who are at home will potentially have more unrestricted time online. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, through its program Cybertip.ca, is urging families to have conversations about internet safety and to work together to implement strategies that ensures everyone’s digital well‑being.

Safety Concerns with Cake — Live Stream Video Chat app

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, through its Cybertip.ca program, wants to make parents aware of the app Cake — Live Stream Video Chat and its risks for teens after recently learning about the app and its significant volume of sexual content.

Sarahah: Parents Need to Know About New “Honesty” App

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection wants to make parents aware of a popular new anonymous feedback app called Sarahah, now one of the most popular downloads in the App Store.

Parents Be Aware of Safety Concerns with Snapchat’s New Snap Map Feature

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, through its Cybertip.ca program, wants to make parents aware of a concerning new location-sharing feature on Snapchat, an app that lets users send photos, videos, and messages that disappear after a set time.

Roblox: Parents Be Aware of Chat Feature in Gaming Platform for Kids

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection wants to make parents aware of concerns in a popular gaming environment called Roblox.

Live.me: Safety Considerations for Parents

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection wants to make parents aware of concerns about youth using a popular live streaming mobile app Live.me. The app allows its users to post live broadcasts and receive “tips” from other users for completing specific tasks during live broadcasts.

Pokémon Go App: Safety Considerations for Parents

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection wants to make parents aware of some child safety considerations around the game app Pokémon Go. This app uses the device’s GPS and camera to find virtual Pokémon characters everywhere the user goes.