2.5 – Impact of OCSE

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Even when no physical contact is involved, the impact the online exploitation on a child can be just as severe as if it happened offline.

Common signs of OCSE which negatively impact children include:

  • Self-blame and low self esteem
  • Anxiety/fear
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Nightmares and insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive online use
  • Problems at school
  • Goes missing often
  • Eating disorders
  • Feels uncomfortable around cameras
  • Secretive behavior
  • Substance abuse
  • Difficulty to join social activities and interact socially with peers

Remember, children are never to be blamed for abuse!

Even if a child actively participated in an act, it is not their fault; the offender is the one who takes advantage of the situation for their personal gain.

Telling someone and seeking help can be essential to recovering and restoring a healthy and happy life.

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