People who exploit young people for sex want them to think they are a friend, or a boyfriend or girlfriend, to gain their trust to get power over them. They might use bribes, threats, humiliation and violence to get this power.
An online groomer might keep messaging you through different ways, ask you to keep it a secret, ask you if you trust them, and ask who else uses your computer (to find out if they could get caught).
If you’ve been sent a rude or sexual photo from a stranger, speak to an adult in your life that you trust and tell them what you have received. Report them using CEOP’s website and block them from contacting you again.
If you have sent an image to someone and wish you hadn’t, have an honest conversation with them and ask them to delete it. The quicker you can do this the better – you may be able to stop them passing it on.
If you are under 18 and your ex boyfriend or girlfriend sends a naked picture of you on to somebody else, they are breaking the law. If images are being used against you, you can fill out a report form on the CEOP website.