Online child abuse

This is any kind of abuse of a child that happens on the internet.

Online child abuse can include:

  • grooming
  • sexual abuse
  • sexual exploitation, and
  • emotional abuse.

Children can feel particularly vulnerable to this as there’s no need for their abuser to have physical proximity to them. When abuse happens online, it can happen at any time of day or night, and it can easily invade a child’s 'safe spaces', like their home or their bedroom.

Who’s responsible

New Zealand Police have a specialist team working to protect children from online child abuse — the Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand (OCEANZ) team.

What they’ll do

OCEANZ liaise directly with anyone who reports online child abuse. They’ll provide advice on what you need to do and how police will investigate your complaint.

We recommend you report online child abuse directly to OCEANZ.

Report online child abuse to OCEANZ

You can also make a report by phoning or visiting your local police station.

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