jugendschutz.net celebrates its 20th anniversary
- German Safer Internet Centre
On 27 October 2017, jugendschutz.net, a hotline operating as part of the German Safer Internet Centre (SIC), celebrated its 20th anniversary and its development into the German centre - at federal and state level - concerning the protection of minors on the internet. An office which launched with just one and a half employees 20 years ago has now become a well-recognised organisation for the protection of minors. Today, 50 people work there, fighting child sexual exploitation (CSE), hate speech and cyberbullying daily, all committed to helping children and young people to experience a safer and cleaner internet.
At a celebratory event hosted at the State Chancellery of Rheinland-Pfalz, representatives from politics, industry, supervisory bodies and child protection discussed the challenges of youth protection and the implications of the digitalisation of young people's lives. Attendees called for a culture of shared responsibility in order to enable young users to experience the internet more safely.
The event was attended by 150 guests and received media attention and appreciation for the work undertaken by the team of jugendschutz.net. jugendschutz.net also published a Festschrift (a special anniversary report) with an overview on how the protection of minors should be further enhanced.
Find out more about the work of the German Safer Internet Centre more generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal.
- Slovenian Safer Internet Centre
During 2017, Slovenian hotline, Spletno oko, marked the 10th anniversary of receiving reports on child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and hate speech. At the seventh annual conference, e-Abuse of children: yesterday, today, tomorrow, taking place in September 2017, the hotline presented the results of its work at a separate press conference where other experts in this field were also invited to share their experiences.
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.