There’s a new campaign to help protect kids from becoming victims of sextortion, and it involves sending pictures of naked mole-rats rather than naked selfies.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “sextortion,” it’s basically when someone sends a naked picture or video, and the person who receives it threatens to send it to other people unless the victim sends more content, or money.
A center for child protection has come up with a campaign that they’re trying to get kids on-board with. Rather than ever sending out any nudes of themselves, they simply send out these pictures of naked mole-rats. The website offers a collection of memes and .gif images that they’re letting anyone download and save that can be sent out. Some of the pictures feature pop-culture references, and some are just mole-rats running through their little plastic tunnels. Take that innuendo as you will. Honestly, these will work on all those creepers everyone runs into on dating apps, too, no matter the age.
They say the intent is not only to protect kids, but make a few laughs happen too.
The website also provides a hotline that will help you (or your teen) in the event you or they are in a sextortion situation, as well as educational material and tips/things to look out for.
See the website here.