CBCs – The Sextortion of Amanda Todd

Be prepared for Tuesday’s SoapBoxED session on cyber bullying. Last night, the CBC’s Fifth Estate exposed the world of “The Sextortion of Amanda Todd”. Just a reminder that our Cyber security students will be presenting with Carol Todd on Tuesday, November 19th. Here is more of the TV episode.


A year after her death, most people remember Amanda Todd from her YouTube video, holding up hand-written pages describing how one mistake in front of a webcam led to her torment by bullies at school and online. But beyond that viral video, the fifth estate reveals a more complex and disturbing story about what happened to the B.C. teenager driven to suicide in October 2012 – not just bullying, but the deliberate sexual extortion of a 15-year-old girl by online predators.

Host Mark Kelley goes deep into Amanda’s world, with never-before-seen videos and web chats from two personal laptops that her family shared with the fifth estate. With in-depth interviews from her mother, father and friends, Kelley reveals the untold story of The Sextortion of Amanda Todd. It’s a story that could happen to almost any teenager on the Internet. They call themselves ‘cappers’ – a new breed of cyber-predators who systematically stalk websites looking for girls on webcams, flatter them into performing sexual acts, then capture their images. Some use those images to blackmail their victims, in a fast-growing online crime that goes far beyond Amanda Todd. The fifth estate has the story of a Kingston woman who faced similar blackmail from a man who had also terrorized 63 girls in Canada and the UK. She survived, and her tormentor was eventually caught and sentenced to prison. The fifth estate investigation reveals at least five occasions in the two years leading up the Amanda’s death when police were notified by her family or school about the blackmail attempts. Kelley asks – could RCMP have done more toprotect Amanda when her family reported her repeated sexual extortion?

For more help please visit:
Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children
If you need to report a child being sexually exploited online, go to cybertip.ca or contact your local police agency.
As Canada’s tipline, Cybertip.ca’s mandate is to protect children from online sexual exploitation by:

Receiving and processing tips from the public about potentially illegal material, as well as activities regarding the online sexual exploitation of children, and referring any relevant leads to the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or child welfare agency; and
Providing the public with information and other resources, as well as support and referral services, to help Canadians keep themselves and their families safe while using the Internet.

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