What is Online Luring?

The internet is the most common and the easiest way to lure and groom children and youth. Adults will use technology (like social media, texting, online games, etc) to access and communicate with children and youth to prepare them for future sexual contact. Usually it is an adult luring a child online, but it can be someone around the same age as the child or youth.

Offenders who are luring or grooming a child or youth may:

  • Befriend a child or youth over days, months, even years. By posing as a peer, friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend, it eliminates the idea of “stranger danger”
  • Promise to buy expensive gifts, trips around the world, introduce them to interesting people as children and youth are taught to value worldly and cultural experiences.
  • Encourage a child or youth to explore their sexuality by using inappropriate sexual language, expose children to pornographic images or perform sexual acts on themselves in view of the child
  • Abuse the child emotionally, mentally, and physically with threats of hurting themselves or hurting the child’s family if the child abandons them

Reports of child abuse must be made to the following reporting sources:

Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-5437 (KIDS)

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or Text CONNECT to 686868

Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477

Online Exploitation: cybertip.ca

Or your local police/RCMP detachment


Children of the Street Society. (2015). Sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and youth in Canada: A prevention and early intervention tool kid for parents. Retrieved from: https://www.childrenofthestreet.com/parent-toolkit

Child Luring on roblox: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-roblox-luring-warning-1.3997258

Another resource for Online Luring: https://cybertip.ca/pdfs/C3P_SafetySheet_OnlineLuring_en.pdf

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