Online sexual grooming: children as victims of online abuse

Martellozzo, Elena ORCID: (2017) Online sexual grooming: children as victims of online abuse. In: Cybercrime and its victims. Martellozzo, Elena ORCID: and Jane, Emma A, eds. Routledge Taylor & Francis, pp. 108-128. ISBN 9781138639447, e-ISBN 9781315637198, pbk-ISBN 9780367226701. (doi:10.4324/9781315637198)

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This chapter offers an overview of the nature of online sexual grooming, the types of online groomers that have been identified and ‘classified’ in the latest studies. It also highlights some of the risk factors that affect the likelihood of children and young people becoming victims of online grooming. It indicates that online sexual solicitation through social networking sites has become increasingly concerning in recent years, with the Internet offering opportunities for sex offenders to engage in grooming behaviour. Furthermore, children and young people’s increased use of information communication technologies, their risk-taking behaviour and their frequent silence around sexual abuse, have presented serious safety concerns for the most vulnerable users online.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): Law, Social Sciences
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 28183
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Cybercrime and its victims on 30/05/2017, available online: or
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Depositing User: Elena Martellozzo
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2019 14:35
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 15:59

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