Sexual grooming of children over the internet is most prevalent (99% of cases) amongst the 13–17 age group, particularly 13–14 year old children (48%). The majority of the victimization occurs with mobile phone support.Children and teenagers with behavioral issues such as "high attention seeking" have a much higher risk than others.
The Home Affairs Select Committee investigated in 2013 Child sexual exploitation and the response to localised grooming.
According to Inside Out London and BBC Inside Out investigations, young British Sikh girls living outside Britain (such as in America) were (and are) being particularly preyed upon by men who pretended to be Sikhs to seduce and groom them.
Online grooming of youngsters via chat rooms and webcams is an area COST team officers are encountering more and more.
To establish a good relationship with a child and the child's family, child groomers might do several things: They might try to gain the child's or parents' trust by befriending them, with the goal of easy access to the child.
At 1 January 2010 section 248e was added to the Dutch Criminal Code making (online) grooming of a child under 16 years old illegal.