INHOPE #reportit - You have the power to stop CSAM

From Monday, 9 March to Tuesday, 14 April 2020, INHOPE, the International Association of Internet Hotlines, is running a #reportit campaign across social media to promote the importance of reporting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) when encountered online.

Date 2020-03-31 Author INHOPE Section awareness, hotlines

What is a report?

A "report" refers to a URL that contains potentially illegal images or videos. One report can contain an unlimited number of images and videos. In 2018, 155,240 child sexual abuse material (CSAM) related reports were exchanged via ICCAM, an increase of almost 80 per cent from 2017, from which 226,999 images and videos were assessed as illegal.

Every INHOPE hotline deals with CSAM reports, and many also handle other types of content, like the American hotline, CyberTipline, which deals with reports such as child sexual abuse material, online enticement of children for sexual acts, child sex trafficking, child sexual molestation, child sex tourism, misleading domain name, misleading words or digital images on the internet, unsolicited obscene material sent to a child.

Therefore, knowing what to report to a hotline is important. Relevant information helps hotlines focus on fighting the issues effectively. Visit the website of your country's hotline to see what content they deal with before making a report.

How do you make a report?

Find your country's hotline via the INHOPE website and follow the steps on their reporting form. This will usually include some basic information about the content and a space to insert the URL that contains the content. All reports can be made anonymously!

For more information, visit inhope.org, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Additionally, to learn more about the work of INHOPE hotlines, visit betterinternetforkids.eu.

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