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.

Telefono Azzurro: Breaking the silence

  • Hotlines
  • 15/06/2018
  • Telefono Azzurro, Italian hotline

On 5 May 2018, the Italian National Day against Pedophilia and Child Pornography*, SOS Il Telefono Azzurro Onlus (one of two internet hotlines operating in the country, and member of INHOPE, the international association of internet hotlines) organised a conference titled "Sexual abuse and pedophilia: Knowing the phenomenon to break the silence". Discussions focused on the importance of multi-disciplinary and multi-level collaboration between different players.

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Marking International Missing Children's Day 2018

International Missing Children's Day (IMCD) is marked annually on 25 May, honouring missing and abducted children across the globe, while also celebrating those who have been found. The day was first marked in the US in 1983 as National Missing Children's Day as an initiative of US president Ronald Reagan. It was first formally recognised as International Missing Children's Day in 2001, thanks to a joint effort by ICMEC (International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children), Missing Children Europe and the European Commission.

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IWF global figures show online child sexual abuse imagery up by a third

  • Hotlines
  • 16/05/2018
  • UK Safer Internet Centre

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the UK's hotline (and part of the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC)), has released its 2017 Annual Report with figures showing that child sexual abuse imagery is up by more than a third.

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SafeLine celebrates 15 years of its operation

  • Awareness
  • 25/04/2018
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

SafeLine is the only non-police internet hotline in Greece that accepts reports for illegal online content. It started operations on 14 April 2003 with the support of the European Union and has received EU support since that time. It is now celebrating 15 years of operation.

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Telefono Azzurro joins the YouTube Trusted Flagger Program

  • Awareness
  • 24/04/2018
  • Italian Safer Internet Centre

SOS Il Telefono Azzurro Onlus is pleased to announce its admission to the YouTube Trusted Flagger program.

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Replacing the victimising term "child pornography" in domestic laws

  • Awareness
  • 23/04/2018
  • Finnish Safer Internet Centre

Save the Children, coordinators of the Finnish Hotline Nettivihje (part of the Finnish Safer Internet Centre (SIC)) organised the first Nordic Regional Meeting on 14-15 May 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. The aim of the meeting was to find out "How could we co-operate more and make our advocacy stronger?" and "How could we better fight against child sexual abuse and exploitation?".

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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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