(NEWS CENTER) -- Sexual predators have found a new way to victimize our children. It usually starts when a young person meets a stranger online through social media or a chat site. The stranger seems nice, but has anything but the child's best interests at heart.
In a scheme known as "sextortion", predators are tricking teens and tweens into self-producing child pornography. And once they have one compromising photo or video of the victim, they use it to blackmail him or her into producing more and more.
In some cases, the sextortionists have been known to hack directly into their victims' computers, giving them access to everything from their email files to their photos, and even allowing them to turn on and off the laptop's web cam without the victim even knowing it.
Experts say it's important to monitor your children's activities online. But it's even more important for them to know that they can come to you for help if they fall victim to this type of sceme.
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