Don't Get Sextorted [➦]
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The new campaign uses humour to connect with boys and deliver the serious message of “don’t get sextorted.” The new website offers resources for boys, educators and parents to facilitate open conversations about the issue and a link to confidential online help. Downloadable, teen-friendly sharable communication tools and the #DontGetSextorted hashtag encourages sharing of the prevention message among boys.
“Awareness is critical because you can’t avoid a threat you don’t know about,” says Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “Sextortion is based on deceiving youth and obtaining sexual images – we need to drive home the Don’t Get Sextorted message that teens don’t send one. We must break down the communication barriers around embarrassing topics for teenagers. Our campaign gives teens, parents and educators an easy ‘way-in’ to a tough conversation.”
The Don’t Get Sextorted, Send a Naked Mole Rat campaign breaks down communication barriers with a character that uses humour and innuendo to appeal to teenage boys; capture their attention; and make it easier to talk about sextortion. The naked mole rat character is also portrayed in memes that can be sent as a prankster-style alternative, to those asking for nudes online. It gives boys an easy “way out” of a potential sextortion situation.
“We’re hoping that this character will be effective in capturing the attention of boys to bring widespread attention to the issue,” adds McDonald. “We want our communications to empower boys to think twice before sending a nude. The threat of sextortion is scary enough, but having the conversation doesn’t have to be.”
*** Note that this description was written by Cybertip.ca. ***
Cybertip.ca. (2017). Don’t Get Sextorted, Send a Naked Mole Rat. https://dontgetsextorted.ca/#home
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This website takes a positive approach in the prevention of sextorsion. The goal is in fact not to make young people feel guilty, but rather to make them aware of the problem, while making them react with laughter. The use of memes also shows an understanding of the reality of teenage people, since they use a lot of them on social media.
Nevertheless, this campaign still blames the victims, telling them not to do this, which is not something to be overlooked. Also, it would have been interesting to include teenage girls more in the approach. Although the cases of sextorsions are important in boys, the fact remains that girls can also be victims, as well as non-binary people.
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