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Sexual cyberbullying of minors (Online Grooming) and pandemic: Acting with language in the face of the violation of children's rights

Nuria Lorenzo-Dus Orcid Logo, Laura Moreno-Serrano, Sergio Maruenda-Bataller, Carmen Pérez-Sabater

Signo y Seña, Volume: 40, Pages: 166 - 187

Swansea University Author: Nuria Lorenzo-Dus Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.34096/sys.n40.10507

Abstract

Online grooming (OG) is a very serious social problem that violates children’s rights. Faced by it, we cannot but act quickly, forcefully and in a coordinated manner. Such action should be oriented to both OG detection and prevention. It should also be underpinned by a detailed knowledge of OG as a...

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Published in: Signo y Seña
ISSN: 0327-8956 2314-2189
Published: 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa65520
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Abstract: Online grooming (OG) is a very serious social problem that violates children’s rights. Faced by it, we cannot but act quickly, forcefully and in a coordinated manner. Such action should be oriented to both OG detection and prevention. It should also be underpinned by a detailed knowledge of OG as a specific type of cyber-crime. This is where discourse analysis of OG can make a real difference. Linguistic analysis of OG has been limited to date, despite the fact that (i) manipulation tactics are key to OG and (ii) such tactics are discursive. Our work, developed during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020-2021, examines all the OG court cases processed in Spain between 2003 and 2019. We select the sections of the court cases that reproduce interactional fragments between groomer and child-target. We analyse the manipulation tactics in the groomers’ discourse and how these tactics are perceived by their child-targets. Our results show recurrent tactics in OG discourse such as the use of compliments and the combination of implicit and explicit sexual language.
Item Description: http://revistascientificas.filo.uba.ar/index.php/sys/article/view/10507
Keywords: online grooming, rights of the child, judicial discourse, manipulation
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Start Page: 166
End Page: 187