Exploited children, exploited Africans and exploited people from around the world are all victims of online abuse, and this abuse is often made worse by the way people are portrayed online, according to the Exploits Coalition.
The group said it has seen the rise in cyberbullying online, particularly amongst teenagers and young people, which is often linked to online bullying.
“Cyberbullying can be insidious and can have negative impacts on victims’ well-being and wellbeing,” said Dr Helen Wainwright, CEO of the Exploit Development Group.
“It’s an attack on confidence, and can be used to hurt people.”
In an attempt to make sure children and young adults know who is responsible for their online abuse and the ways to protect themselves, the Exploes Coalition has published a guide to identifying the identities and motivations of people who have exploited children online.
It outlines how to identify a malicious account, what to do if you are a victim of online harassment and how users can be contacted if they are aware of the online abuse they are receiving.
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