HOTLINES

INHOPE is the International Association of Internet Hotlines. It is an active and collaborative network of 51 hotlines in 45 countries worldwide, dealing with illegal content online and committed to stamping out child sexual abuse from the internet.

Within the structure of European Safer Internet Centres, INHOPE Hotlines offer the public a way of anonymously reporting internet material, including child sexual abuse material (CSAM), they suspect to be illegal. The Hotline will ensure that the matter is investigated and if found to be illegal the information will be passed to the relevant Law Enforcement Agency and in many cases the internet service provider (ISP) hosting the content.
 
On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to the work of Hotlines.
 
For further information on the work of INHOPE, or to report illegal content online, visit the INHOPE website direct.

Cyprus campaign promotes the 1480 helpline and hotline for internet safety

  • Awareness
  • 09/04/2018
  • Cyprus Safer Internet Centre

In order to raise awareness amongst children, adolescents and parents about the safe use of the internet, the European project "CYberSafety – Better Internet for Kids in Cyprus", has teamed up with cycling champion Antria Christoforou to become the official ambassador of the campaign to promote the activities of the project and, more specifically, to promote the operation of the 1480 helpline and hotline.

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Hungarian Internet Hotline redesigned and rebuilt

  • Awareness
  • 04/04/2018
  • Hungarian Safer Internet Centre

The Hungarian Internet Hotline, operated by the National Media and Infocommunications Authority, has recently launched a brand-new hotline website with a new logo and content. The Internet Hotline has been operating in Hungary since 2011 and it was time to refresh the website and provide up-to-date and relevant information. On the new website, the reporting interface has been transferred to the home page and legal information on the nine reporting categories is also provided. It is also now easy to report illegal or harmful content via mobile phones.

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Future needs of hotlines

In February 2018, INHOPE, the International Association of Internet Hotlines, hosted a focus group on the future needs of hotlines. It provided an opportunity to hear about the current landscape concerning child sexual abuse material (CSAM) from John Carr OBE, internet safety and security expert and INHOPE Advisory Board member, who also chaired the session.

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ECPAT Taiwan highlights issues of online enticement, nude selfies of children and sextortion for SID

  • Awareness
  • 19/03/2018
  • Taiwan Safer Internet Day Committee

On Safer Internet Day 2018, ECPAT Taiwan, in partnership with Facebook, Microsoft Taiwan and the Taiwanese Ministry of Education, held a press conference to raise public awareness on the online safety of children.

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Professor Ernesto Caffo appointed as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

SOS Il Telefono Azzurro, the helpline and hotline component of the Italian Safer Internet Centre (SIC), is delighted to announce that its President, Professor Ernesto Caffo, has been appointed as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, that was reconstituted by Pope Francis.

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Boys and very young children at greater risk of most severe online sexual exploitation

  • Awareness
  • 17/03/2018
  • INTERPOL and ECPAT International

Ground-breaking research recently released by INTERPOL and ECPAT International into the online sexual exploitation of children suggests that when online images or videos of child sexual abuse depict boys or very young children, the abuse is more likely to be severe.

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Global hotlines mark Safer Internet Day

The INHOPE network of internet hotlines marked Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018 by way of numerous activities across the world. Hotlines organised a range of events from symposiums to social media campaigns to spread the SID message.

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Online self-help material to prevent child sexual abuse

  • Hotlines
  • 16/02/2018
  • Save the Children Finland

Save the Children Finland in co-operation with the Criminal Sanctions agency and the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) created a self-help program for adolescents and adults who are concerned about their sexual interest in children.

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jugendschutz.net publishes guidelines for social media platform operators on self-harm behaviour

The social web is full of content that trivialises self-harm behaviour such as suicide, self-injury or eating disorders and encourages copycat behaviour. Young users are often not aware of the negative effects and hence platform operators must protect young people from such content.

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Save the Children Finland campaign raises awareness of online sexual abuse

  • Awareness
  • 27/12/2017
  • Finnish Safer Internet Centre

Save the Children Finland, the hotline partner of the Finnish Safer Internet Centre (SIC), strongly supported the recent European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, an annual event which takes place on 18 November.

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