Sexual Cyber Bullying

Yasmine Eison, Staff Writer/Photographer


Sexual Cyber-bullying is proven to happen to young adults everyday being taken advantage by people that aren’t their age. According to the Child Crime Prevention and Safety Center “There are an estimated 500,000 online predators active each day. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 are especially susceptible to be groomed or manipulated by adults they meet online.” I will be going through this important issue through 2 main points like how the internet is a problem that adds to the issue of sexual cyber-bulling and how teens can prevent being taken advantage of.

First we will go over how the internet provide predators with this advantage. This is an important matter that should be discussed more often upon teens. With technology today we aren’t aware how dangerous the internet is. Minors are taken advantage of by adults that make fake profiles to seem younger than what they are.

According to a Sexual Cyber-bulling: Review, Critique and future directions article from Science Direct “Sexual cyber-bullying is a relatively novel issue wherein various forms of technology including cell phone messaging, social media, and other online tools are used to harass another individual in a sexually explicit fashion, or to coerce an individual into providing private sexual information or engage in activities which are sexual in nature.”

This harmful intent is created by sexual predators that use intimidation and seduction to trick teens into their pleasures. Usually teens are under 18 years old in these cases. This can escalate into much more of an issue for the victim if they don’t realize they are in contact with a predator. Fifty Eight Percent of parents report activity that is threatening their teens. 

Now that we have gone through the problems of the internet that adds to this harmful intent, now we will talk about how we can prevent this from happening. There will always be predators wherever we go. Whether its on the internet or not. If you can report any suspicious activity to someone you trust or use a report button online on whatever service your using so the company is notified of the issue.

Leaving the situation admittedly is important so you don’t say anything that could escalate the situation or have a predator have longer contact with you. To know who is a predator, They try to get private info from you in a friendly way but they might use it against you later when they don’t get something they want. Giving location, full name, addresses, or etc is very important to keep offline unless you have a private account with certain people you can trust.

If you are ever in need of help in a situation that deals with these issues notify a trusted adult, friend, or helpline. This issue is becoming a common problem when it shouldn’t. For more facts and info a good resource is