Safer Internet Day 2019 activities by APLE Cambodia
- APLE Cambodia, the Cambodian hotline
APLE Cambodia, an NGO focused on the fight against child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE), operates an internet reporting platform allowing the public to report suspected CSAE.
The hotline provides a crucial link in the protective chain of interventions against CSAE. Reporting of suspected incidents enables the possibility for reported child sexual abuse material (CSAM) to be removed, the ongoing crime to be disrupted, the victim to be rescued and/or supported, the prosecution of the perpetrator and thereby the possible prevention of new or repeated cases. In 2018, APLE's internet hotline received 67 report: 53 online cases and 12 offline cases, which included sextortion, online child abuse material and online child sexual abuse material.
Recognising the need to increase the awareness among the public, APLE included Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) in its Community Engagement Programme to raise awareness among vulnerable children, youth, parents, caretakers and professionals. Additionally, this helps raise awareness of the hotline among the general public. APLE understands that although children have knowledge on how to operate devices and use social media, they need guidance to shape their attitudes and behaviour online, as well as identify risks and potential threats to their security.
Hence, in 2019, APLE promoted a Safer Internet Day (SID) event via its own social media platforms which focused on online safety with participants sharing their experience and lessons through live photos and videos.
- BIK Team
On Tuesday, 5 February 2019, the Safer Internet Day campaign turned 16 – and what a great day it was! Under the unifying slogan of "Together for a better internet", we called upon all stakeholders to join forces and bring their contribution to making the internet a safer and better place for all – especially for children and young people.
- APLE Cambodia (Internet Hotline Cambodia (IHC))
While technology provides a lot of benefits, it has also been exploited for illegal activities such as producing, accessing and distributing child sexual abuse materials (CSAM). Online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) is a growing concern among stakeholders, however, not many people are aware of or recognise the nature and scope of the problem.