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Here are the resources we found for online grooming for young people:
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(Featured resource)This video was created by one of HeadStart Wolverhampton’s Ambassadors, young people aged 16-25 who support their younger peers.
The video is narrated by Katie and reenacted by terrible stick men! The video discusses the topic of grooming, and explores the story of a girl called Jess who got in with a group of friends who her friends and family did not like. Whilst out with her friends a man approached her, and this relationship grew, eventually becoming abusive.
How Do I Know If I’m Being Groomed?
This video aims to help young people identify the signs of grooming. Grooming can happen to anyone. It affects both boys and girls and can happen at a time, especially when the young person is particularly vulnerable. Groomers can be any age, young or old, men or women. They may start the relationship by earning the young person’s trust, showering them with gifts and compliments to make them feel special. The relationship may then become more controlling, with the young person becoming isolated from friends and family and then being manipulated to perform sexual acts that they do not feel comfortable with, either in person or online.
What are the Signs of Child Sexual Exploitation?
Do you know the signs of child sexual exploitation? Would you know if something like this was happening to you? To your friend or to a classmate? This video explores the signs of Child Sexual Exploitation to educate young people on what they should look out for.
Sam’s Real Friends (with British Sign Language and Subtitles)
This is a free to access resource, which is available through YouTube. This video was created by CEOP, it is a dramatisation looking at how to protect yourself online. The actors in this film use British Sign Language and subtitles are also included.
Grooming is when someone builds an online relationship with a young person and tricks them or pressures them into doing something sexual. Childline is here to tell you when you need to know to keep yourself and others safe from online grooming. On this webpage you will find information on what online grooming is, signs of grooming, sexting, how to tell if someone is a groomer, and what to do if you think you’re being groomed.
Information about Sexual Exploitation and Grooming
This webpage is provided by the BLAST! Project, just for boys, which aims to educate young men about issues they may face. This webpage contains information on; what sexual exploitation is, examples of sexual exploitation, things to remember about sexual exploitation, what grooming is, examples of grooming, how to know if someone is grooming you, things to remember about grooming, how at risk you might be, and safety tips.