A charity has urged teenage boys to send pictures of naked mole rats instead of their genitals in a bid to prevent criminals obtaining pictures for blackmail purposes

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (CCCP) has asked teenage boys not to send pictures of their penises but instead to send pictures of the naked mole rat to prevent cyber criminals from obtaining illicit pictures which they can use to extort and blackmail.

Executive director Lianna McDonald said,

“Awareness is critical because you can’t avoid a threat you don’t know about,

“Sextortion is based on deceiving youth and obtaining sexual images – we need to drive home the Don’t Get Sextorted message that teens don’t send one.

“We must break down the communication barriers around embarrassing topics for teenagers. Our campaign gives teens, parents and educators an easy ‘way-in’ to a tough conversation.”

According to the charity, there has been an 89 percent increase in the last two years in sextortion of teenage boys.

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The charity has made downloadable images and memes of the mole rat available, which they have encouraged people to send.