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
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Nightmares and insomnia
- 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.