Signs of Grooming

Signs a child may be groomed online:

  • Sexting – sending sexual text messages
  • Child is upset, withdrawn or angry after texting or using the internet
  • Secretive about who they are interacting with while online or on the phone
  • Have lots of new phone numbers, email addresses, social media friends or texts while online or using a device

Other signs of grooming or exploitation:

It is important to recognise all common signs of child sexual exploitation. Common signs may include:

  • Going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
  • Frequent or unexplained injuries
  • Appearing with unexplained gifts or possessions that can’t be accounted for
  • Becoming secretive or unwilling to share information
  • Using drugs or alcohol
  • Behaving in an overtly sexual or aggressive way