Online sexual harassment
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Online sexual harassment is unwanted sexual behaviour on any digital platform.
What you need to know
Online sexual harassment can include a range of behaviours using comments, messages, photographs or videos. Harassment can be public or private. Children and young people can become victims of unacceptable online behaviours, which can make them feel threatened, upset, sexualised, exploited, coerced, humiliated or discriminated against.
Victim blaming remains a prevalent issue around online sexual harassment and this can create barriers to making disclosures or getting help. It is important that children and young understand the importance of healthy and respectful attitudes online and are empowered to safely challenge all forms of online abuse and get help if they need it.
Welsh Government Guidance
Understanding, preventing and responding to incidents of online sexual harassment
This training module can support professionals who work with children and young people with the understanding needed to help prevent or respond to any instances of online sexual harassment within their school or setting.
Views from the experts
Online sexual harassment amongst young people: The thing that is happening online but nobody talks about
Will Gardner OBE, CEO Childnet International
Learning and teaching resources