Self-generated child sexual abuse material (SG-CSAM) presents unique challenges in the fight to combat online child sexual exploitation. What may start as innocent digital flirting can rapidly spiral out of control - resulting in life long risk to the child, increased demand on already thin resources for victim identification teams, and new imagery for offenders to consume and use in grooming new victims. In 2019, Thorn set out to better understand the pathways leading to, and impact of SG-CSAM. We surveyed 1000 kids, aged 9-17, and 400 caregivers, asking about what the subject meant to them. How common is taking nudes? Why do you do it? And how do you feel about it? Turns out, decisions and attitudes outside of the victim’s control are escalating the risk and harm of a single decision to engage in risky behavior. In this session we’ll discuss the key findings, the data behind them, and how we can empower kids navigating risky situations online and support them if things go wrong. This workshop will only be recorded and available On-Demand from August 12, 2020 until December 31, 2020.
Understand the difference between grooming and sexting as it relates to SG-CSAM
Better understand the scale of SG-CSAM sharing and resharing among kids.
Examine the impact of blame culture on child safety and pathways to support.
Learn practices for, and impact of, elevating kids' voices in your programs.