You can lose control of your image and not know who is looking at your picture or where it may end up.
If you are under the age of 18 and have a picture taken of yourself, wearing minimal or no clothing, it can be referred to as child pornography.
While the Internet has provided an array of benefits and advantages for today's society, its darker side has substantially emerged as Internet users are being subjected to online discrimination, sexual harassment, identity theft, cyberstalking, and cyberbullying on a daily basis.
As mentioned above, sexual harassment on the Internet can occur in a number of ways.
Online groomers can be both men and women of any age over 18, although they may not always be honest about their age.
They generally get your attention by using flattery and building a ‘trusting’ relationship with you.
Sexual harassment has been a prevalent issue in our society and in the legal system for over fifty years.
The ever-increasing use of the Internet in the past twenty to thirty years has served as a medium for sexual harassment that has, until recently, gone relatively unnoticed.
Facebook and other social media networks allow unfettered access to underage teens, often unmonitored by their parents, which may lead to an increase in Internet Sex Crimes.
It suggests ways in which children and young people can stay as safe as possible when using the internet. You can download this information as a leaflet here.
Any form of sexual contact which you do not agree to is sexual violence.
A common form of sexual harassment on the Internet occurs when a harasser sends unwanted, abusive, threatening, or obscene messages to a victim via e-mail or instant messaging.
Another common form of Internet harassment occurs when a victim is subject to unwanted, abusive, threatening or obscene messages and/or comments on internet forums, blogs, and discussion boards.
But it also allows people to hide who they really are and what they are doing. Some examples are: The person who commits any kind of sexual violence and abuse is always responsible for it. Even if you know that you have taken risks or done something that made you vulnerable, this does not mean that you caused or invited the abuse.