Animations aired this week by the AFP-run Australian Center for Combating Child Exploitation (ACCCE) aim to give the Australian community a better understanding of online child sexual exploitation.
The short animations, released as part of National Child Protection Week, were designed to address the need for additional educational resources about this type of complex crime, which is often not talked about.
Market research has shown that only 52% of parents talk openly with their children about online safety and 38% of people aged 8 to 17 admitted to talking to strangers online.
These animations aim to increase awareness and understanding of child online safety and the ACCCE encourages the Australian community to start talking about child online safety from an early age.
The first animation entitled “What is the ACCCE” explains the purpose of the AFP-led ACCCE, its functioning and its collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations to fight against the sexual exploitation of children on line.
The second animation “What is Online Child Sexual Exploitation” explains the nature and severity of the problem, along with explanations of the different forms of online child sexual exploitation, including online grooming. line and sexual extortion.
The final animation “How to Report Online Child Sexual Exploitation” describes the process of reporting online crimes against children and explains the role of law enforcement and other agencies involved in addressing child abuse. children in the online space.
ACCCE and Human Exploitation Commander Hilda Sirec said the animated series aims to raise awareness and prevent online child sexual exploitation from happening in families.
“ACCCE research has shown that 21% of parents and guardians think online child sexual exploitation is too disgusting and sickening to think about,” Commander Sirec said. “Child protection is everyone’s responsibility.”
“The fight against this crime starts with raising awareness. We ask the Australian community to watch these short animations and start educating themselves.
“Online child sexual exploitation is a serious problem, and sadly many parents and guardians don’t know how to explain the seriousness of the crime to their children, or where to turn for advice and support.”
“These animations each last about three minutes and aim to support families, so that they can actively engage in conversation with their children. The series responds to calls from the public to clarify where to report and who is investigating different aspects of online crimes.
Commander Sirec said children often thought they were talking to a new friend online, when it could be a man or woman of any age grooming them to gain their trust.
“While talking to a ‘friend’ online may seem innocent at first, a child can be cared for in minutes,” she said.
“Grooming often leads to more serious types of exploitation such as sexual extortion where we see concerning trends.”
Last year, the ACCCE received over 33,000 reports of online child sexual exploitation and each report can contain hundreds or thousands of images and videos.
The animations can be viewed on the ACCCE website.
If you or someone you know is affected by online child sexual exploitation, support services are available at accce.gov.au/support.
Advice and support for parents and guardians on how they can help protect children online is available at thinkuknow.org.au, an educational program run by AFP and designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children on line.
What is the ACCCE?
What is online child sexual exploitation?
How to report
This QR code links to the ACCCE animation webpage.