Children’s rights group Save the Children has warned of a new, disturbing trend whereby ordinary images of children shared on online platforms are edited and given a sexual context. The NGO highlighted the phenomenon, which has become increasingly common in Nordic countries, in a press release.
Parents, and occasionally children themselves, frequently post pictures of minors in a neutral, non-sexual environment on social media. These are usually intended to be viewed only by friends or family members. However, they can be easily downloaded and edited by a third party.