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Launch of the prevention campaign "Internet in times of confinement"

Guatemala, April 24, 2020. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Fundacion Azteca Guatemala and Pantallas Amigas launched a campaign on television and social media in Guatemala to prevent grooming, sexting and sextortion, with financial support from the Canadian government.

In the framework of the current pandemic, Internet-facilitated crimes have increased in modalities such as cyber fraud, extortion and online child sexual abuse.

Cybercriminals have evolved their modes of operation to exploit the social, legal and psychological vulnerabilities associated with COVID-19.

School-aged children are making more prolonged use of the Internet and are also being massively targeted by online sex offenders.

School-aged children are using the Internet on a more prolonged basis and are also being massively targeted by online sex offenders.

This includes offenders who intend to assault children through grooming or sextortion. Another criminal modality that has increased is "zoom-bombing" which involves the massive infiltration of online classes by sexual predators.

Given this situation, the campaign "Internet in times of confinement" has been launched and will run until 2 July. It consists of three animated videos in order to inform and warn adults, young people and children about the dangers and negative consequences of sharing images via the Internet, and especially those with some kind of erotic connotation.

This initiative is part of the support that the UNODC Global Cybercrime Programme provides to Member States in the formulation of policies and capacity building to combat cybercrime and financial crime.