The Social Psychological effects of Online Grooming on Learning Activities of Minors



Introduction: the article is devoted to the study of socio-psychological consequences of online grooming for the educational activity of a minor. The definition of the phenomenon of online grooming (sexual harassment online) and its main varieties are presented. Methods: author's questionnaire (K.A. Kiselev), MLO-AM, R. Lazarus coping-strategies test, statistical analysis (Spearman correlation coefficient, frequency analysis). Sample: 170 female subjects. Results and conclusions: most often the objects of online grooming are girls of early adolescence. The harassment itself is purposeful activity (the online groomer sends audio-visual and text messages directly related to the identity of the attacker and his victim). Just some cases of learning problems of the objects of illegal online abuse have been established, at the same time, sexual online grooming is more related to the consequences for the socio-psychological features of the personality of students (adaptation disorders, obsessive thoughts about the situation of online grooming experienced by the victim). It is noted that the objects of online grooming very rarely report with teachers or parents about their experiences of online harassment, and no connection of such behavior with the features of coping strategies or the level of personal adaptive potential has been established. It emphasizes the need to develop a trusting relationship between adults (parents and teachers) and the adolescent, in which the adolescent can report incidents of online harassment.

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Keywords: Sexual harassment, online grooming, learning activities, adaptation, teacher contact, trust, minors, effects of sexual violence

Publication rubric: New Opportunities and Risks of Communication in The Digital Environment

Article type: theses

For citation: Kiselev K.A. The Social Psychological effects of Online Grooming on Learning Activities of Minors. Digital Humanities and Technology in Education (DHTE 2023),, pp. 483–492.

Information About the Authors

Konstantin A. Kiselev, MA in Psychology, Assistant of the Faculty of Social Psychology, Psychologist of the Laboratory of Legal Psychology, National Research Saratov State University Named After N. G. Chernyshevsky, Saratov, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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