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.

Boys and very young children at greater risk of most severe online sexual exploitation

  • Awareness
  • 17/03/2018
  • 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.

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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.

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Online self-help material to prevent child sexual abuse

  • Hotlines
  • 16/02/2018
  • Save the Children Finland

Save the Children Finland in co-operation with the Criminal Sanctions agency and the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) created a self-help program for adolescents and adults who are concerned about their sexual interest in children.

Read more publishes guidelines for social media platform operators on self-harm behaviour

The social web is full of content that trivialises self-harm behaviour such as suicide, self-injury or eating disorders and encourages copycat behaviour. Young users are often not aware of the negative effects and hence platform operators must protect young people from such content.

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Save the Children Finland campaign raises awareness of online sexual abuse

  • Awareness
  • 27/12/2017
  • Finnish Safer Internet Centre

Save the Children Finland, the hotline partner of the Finnish Safer Internet Centre (SIC), strongly supported the recent European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, an annual event which takes place on 18 November.

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New research study on youth media protection in Germany

  • Awareness
  • 26/12/2017
  • FSM (part of the German Safer Internet Centre)

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of FSM, the association for voluntary self-regulation of digital media service providers in Germany (and one of the hotline partners of the German Safer Internet Centre (SIC)) published Jugendmedienschutzindex (Youth Media Protection Index), a representative survey on youth media protection focusing on how parents and young people cope with online risks.

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12th edition of the BIK bulletin: SIF and YEP 2017 and SID 2018 updates!

In each edition of the BIK bulletin, we look at a topical issue – this time round, we look back at the recent Safer Internet Forum (SIF) and the preceding European Youth Panel (YEP).

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A collaborative approach to fighting child sexual abuse material

Combatting online child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is an ongoing battle with increasing numbers of invested stakeholders collaborating to do everything possible to keep the internet free of such content. INHOPE (the International Association of Internet Hotlines) hosted a panel discussion during the recent European Commission funded Safer Internet Forum (SIF) to discuss collaboration, bringing in different perspectives from some of the actors who have taken up the fight. The key message that resonated strongly among the panellists was collaboration.

Read more celebrates its 20th anniversary

  • Awareness
  • 21/11/2017
  • German Safer Internet Centre

On 27 October 2017,, 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.

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INHOPE publishes its Annual Report 2016

INHOPE, the International Association of Internet Hotlines, has published its Annual Report 2016.

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