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Online grooming

In today’s society, it is often difficult for young people to recognise the difference between the online world and the real world. We teach an ethos of play virtual/live real, encouraging young people to recognise that the friends they make online are not like their real-life friends.

It isn’t always easy to recognise the early signs of grooming as it might appear that the young person has just made a new friend or started a new relationship. However, the nature of the relationship will soon start to change as the groomer exerts more control and manipulation over the target.

Grooming techniques are used for a variety of reasons, such as gang recruitment or County Lines and the motives are not always sexual. We work hard to break the stereotypes around grooming: it is not always younger girls and older men; boys can be groomed too, and a perpetrator can be any age or gender.

Where can online grooming happen?

  • video gaming sites

  • private gaming servers

  • social media platforms 

  • websites with instant messenger or photo sharing

  • chat rooms (like Omegle)

  • dating apps

What are the signs of grooming?

Grooming is often thought of as a sexually motivated crime, but in fact there are many outcomes of grooming including radicalisation, county lines/gang activity, cybercrime and more. It’s a grim list, but the one good thing is that no matter what the intended outcome, the signs of grooming are pretty much the same (though some may be more prevalent than others).

Think someone you know is in danger?

We are an educational and preventative charity, please see this page for signposts to all the different organisations that can give you immediate support or advice.


As a self-funded charity we rely on the kind donations of people like you to stay in schools educating children about the dangers they face online.


If you can, please do support us today. 

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