Teen Sextortion: What Parents and Teens Need to Know

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On “Psychology Behind the Headlines,” hosts Patricia Wu, Jessica Reyes, and guest therapist Ryan Heapy discuss the devastating impact of sextortion and the recent case of an Australian teen.

What is sextortion?

It’s when someone threatens to share private images or videos unless the victim pays them or sends more explicit content.

Don’t be afraid to talk

Teens need to know they can confide in a trusted adult. Parents should approach this with support, not judgment.

Report it

Contact the authorities immediately. Reporting sextortion helps stop offenders and protect others.

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