The Online Enticement of Children: An In-depth analysis of Cybertipline reports
To better understand the evolving trend of "online enticement", NCMEC analyzed over 5,800 reports made to the CyberTipline in 2015 by Internet companies, other agencies and the public about the interactions and exchange of information by/between individuals regarding the online enticement of children. The findings of this in-depth analysis further substantiated online enticement as a complex form of victimization. Overall patterns and trends focus on offenders’ goals (e.g. explicit images, sex) and tactics (e.g. grooming, threats), the nature of child/offender relationships (e.g. unknown, acquaintance, familial), the various online locations used to commit this crime and the aftermath/outcomes for child victims. In addition, important variations from these overall patterns by child age/gender groups are also discussed. The findings in this report—the overall patterns as well as the unique experiences of certain child groups—have important implications for the collective knowledge about the online enticement of children, including prevention and intervention efforts on this topic.