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.
- The French hotline, Point de Contact, organised a round table discussion on fake news and also hosted a cocktail reception on SID to encourage public-private partnership to make the internet a safer place for all.
- ChildWEBalert, the hotline in Malta, organised informative sessions with the Armed Forces of Malta and scouts group. These sessions focused on online risks as well as child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
- The Film and Publication Board in South Africa hosted numerous events to celebrate SID. These included plenary sessions, a focus group, a walkathon, a workshop for educators and a game for children. Topics addressed during these events included child sexual abuse material, cyberbullying, sexting and cyber safety. The aim of the activities was to raise awareness of the dangers that the online world poses, and also how to use the internet safely.
- Te Protejo in Colombia published a press release that highlighted the number of reports received and the number of blocked illegal websites that contained child sexual abuse material. A series of conferences were organised by Red Papaz and the Ministry of ICT, where Te Protejo also presented and spoke about online child sexual abuse material.
- Maltese Safer Internet Centre
The Childwebalert hotline within Agenzija Appogg organised, in collaboration with the BeSmartOnline! Project, a two-day seminar on 28 and 29 May 2018. The aim of this seminar was to give social workers, members of the Malta Police Force and members of the Psychosocial Team within the National School Support Services, an outline of the Childwebalert service.
INHOPE and its extensive network of member hotlines work to eliminate online child sexual abuse material (CSAM). During Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2018, Fred Langford, Deputy CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and INHOPE President, and Peter-Paul Urlaub, consultant at eco complaints office and INHOPE Board Member, gave a presentation on the journey of a report on CSAM.
- Te Protejo, the Colombian hotline
On Wednesday, 26 September 2018, Te Protejo, the hotline in Colombia, hosted the sixth edition of "Conectados para Protegerlos" (Connected to protect them).
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.
- 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.
- French Safer Internet Centre
- BIK Team
As every year, we celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) on the second day of the second week of the second month of the year! SID 2018 takes place today, 6 February 2018 under the theme of "Create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you"!