From a criminal law perspective, the term cybergrooming refers to the targeted influence on persons under the age of 14 via the Internet with the aim of initiating sexual contact. The goal is often to produce child pornographic material.
Cybercriminologist Prof. Dr. Thomas-Gabriel Rüdiger is head of the Institute for Cybercriminology at the Brandenburg Police University. He has been dealing with the topic of cybergrooming from a legal and criminological perspective for many years.
More and more children and adolescents as perpetrators of cybergrooming
Persons who commit sexual assaults against children and adolescents on the Internet are mostly male. And until a few years ago, they were predominantly adult perpetrators. However, Thomas-Gabriel Rüdiger observes the tendency that more and more suspects are children and adolescents themselves. In the last video of the klicksafe expert talk on cybergrooming, he explains how this should be assessed and how to deal with it.