Parental Responses to Online Sexual Grooming Events Experienced by Their Teenage Children

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Meiselles, M., Dolev-Cohen, M. and Yosef, T. 2024. Parental Responses to Online Sexual Grooming Events Experienced by Their Teenage Children. European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education. 14 (5), pp. 1311-1324. https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe14050086
AuthorsMeiselles, M., Dolev-Cohen, M. and Yosef, T.
Abstract

Online sexual grooming (a manipulative process in which the perpetrator locates a young person and creates an abusive relationship with the child that involves sexual exploitation) poses significant challenges to parents. This study examined how parents of adolescent victims of online sexual grooming experienced guiding their children through the event. This qualitative study, conducted in Israel, was based on semi-structured in-depth interviews with 15 parents who guided their adolescents who had been subjected to online sexual grooming. Results indicate that the parents reported a spectrum of emotions, from insecurity and guilt to a sense of control and satisfaction in managing the situation. Also, the reluctance of some parents to engage with the education system indicates potential trust issues. The study demonstrates the urgent need for targeted interventions to equip parents and educational professionals with the necessary knowledge for prevention and effective response to online sexual grooming. Implications for future research, policy, and practice are discussed.

Keywordsonline sexual grooming; adolescents; parents; intervention programs
Year2024
JournalEuropean Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
Journal citation14 (5), pp. 1311-1324
PublisherMDPI Open Access Journals
ISSN2254-9625
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe14050086
Web address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2254-9625/14/5/86
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