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- BIK Team
The #DigitalRespect4Her campaign is an initiative launched by Commissioners for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová and for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel to raise awareness of the gender-specific violence young girls and women face online on a daily basis. Indeed, women are 27 times more likely than men to be harassed online (this includes online sexual harassment and stalking) and they sometimes face such abuse at a very young age.Read more
- Irish Safer Internet Centre
Webwise Ireland launched its back to school campaign video in late September. The short 2 and a half minute video, #BeInCtrl - A Short Film on Online Grooming was released on social media as a social media campaign. It has been watched 1.2 million times and received over 10,000 shares on Facebook to date.Read more
- BIK Team
Wednesday, 10 October 2018, is World Mental Health Day. Launched in 1992 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), this initiative seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world. This year's theme is "Young people and mental health in a changing world".Read more
- ECPAT Taiwan, the Taiwanese hotline
In the June 2018 edition of the BIK bulletin, we look at hotline trends and issues, hearing also from various members of the INHOPE hotline network. Here, we hear from ECPAT Taiwan on work to combat the online enticement of children.Read more
- BIK Team
The Insafe network of helplines collects data about the types of calls that they receive and this is analysed every three months to look at trends and new and emerging issues.Read more
ECPAT Taiwan highlights issues of online enticement, nude selfies of children and sextortion for SID
- Taiwan Safer Internet Day Committee
The release of new reports and campaigns this month demonstrate the safety work that still must be done as the numbers of reported digital crimes continues to rise, especially in the areas of online grooming and blackmail. A report produced by Europol, Online sexual coercion and extortion as a form of crime affecting children: Law enforcement perspective, outlined criminal behaviour and the motives behind it. According to analysis by INHOPE member NCMEC (the US-based National Center for Missing & Exploited Children), the primary motive of blackmail based on photos is to receive more, increasingly explicit photos (78 per cent), as opposed to obtaining money or goods from the child (7 per cent). In response to this new phenomenon of coercive crimes, Europol has created the #SayNO campaign, a series of videos depicting teens experiencing online extortion, with messages of help and information on how and where to find victims' resources.Read more
Often referred to as "sextortion" or "webcam blackmailing", the online coercion and extortion of children – a form of digital blackmail where sexual information or images are used to extort sexual material, sexual favours or money, has skyrocketed in the past years, but remains largely underreported.Read more
- BIK Team
How can politics intervene in preventing cyberbullying? Do you wake up at night to check your phone? Are you listening to YouTubers' suggestions? Do you think that the internet will be a safer place in 2017?Read more
- Belgian Safer Internet Centre
On Tuesday, 9 February 2016, we celebrated the annual world day for a safer internet. Safer Internet Day was celebrated this year for the thirteenth time in more than 120 countries, including 28 countries of the European Union. Child Focus organises Safer Internet Day in Belgium.Read more