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What Can You Do to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Online?

Protecting Children Online: Exploring the Tactic of Prevention

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The online world is moving fast. In the last three decades, our lives have transformed beyond recognition. From days when we were connecting online from old-LAN computers and cell phones, we now find ourselves immersed in an uncontrolled digital revolution, with Artificial Intelligence and the realms of the Metaverse knocking at our screens.

Yet, as our digital world expands, so do its challenges. Beneath the wonders of the online world lies a darker reality, which contains new forms of dangers such as identity theft, data breaches, violence and discrimination. Worst among these harms, child sexual abuse and exploitation is increasing and evolving every year.

As the digital world hasn’t been designed with child safety in mind, we must do everything we can to patch up this flaw.

Take a Stand for Child Safety Online!

Child sexual abuse and exploitation is happening online, often out of our sight, but with real consequences for the children around us. To prevent harm, it is essential to comprehend the workings of the online world and implement measures that safeguard children from online sexual abuse—without resorting to a complete prohibition of internet access or other restrictive measures. It’s about knowing and using a range of methods and tools to both protect and empower children in their digital lives.  

Preventing harm online requires a mix of solutions, including being aware of the issue and its risks, ensuring professional training, listening openly to children’s experiences online, and using technological tools to protect children online. 

Scroll Down to Learn how to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Online!

With a focus on the tools to prevent child sexual abuse online, ECPAT calls on government officials, tech companies, professionals, and caregivers to unite and activate on this issue. How? The answers lie in becoming aware of the risks and manifestations of child sexual abuse online and learn which tools are available to fight this horrendous crime. It’s a collective responsibility to educate ourselves and act, ensuring children benefit from the internet and are protected from harm.  

It’s time to break the silence and protect children online. Together, we can create a digital landscape where children thrive in safety, free from the shadows that threaten their well-being.

Take Action Now and Learn How to Protect Children Online!

Interview: Child Rights organisations support the EU Proposal to Prevent and Combat Online Child Sexual Abuse

ECPAT International’s opinion on the topic of child sexual abuse online and the European Commission’s proposal to Combat and Prevent Child Sexual Abuse online. Interview broadcasted in the German MDR/AR media journal.

Listen to the interview.

in September 2022

Available in: German

ECPAT joins forces with DOT Europe, CCIA and 50+ tech trade associations and NGOs with a joint statement to the European Union

ECPAT International joins forces with DOT Europe, CCIA and 50+ tech trade associations and NGOs working for child safety online with a joint statement to the European Union. Concerned about slow progress on the EU proposal to combat child sexual abuse, ECPAT calls for a two-year temporary framework extension and the need for a robust, long-term solution to the issue of child sexual abuse online.

in 2024

Available in: English

Child protection standards in the travel and tourism industry: the experience of Mexico and Colombia

In the Americas, the codes of conduct in travel and tourism have developed significantly over the last two decades. These codes have been promoted by governments and civil society organisations to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation of children. This case study analyses the experience of implementing a mandatory national code in Colombia and a voluntary code in Mexico. It reflects on the implications, effectiveness, and relevance of mandatory and voluntary approaches, pointing out the challenges and opportunities, describing their main results and analysing the complementarity of these standards with ECPAT’s initiative – The Code.

The case study was developed by ECPAT International in cooperation with Fundación Renacer and ECPAT México.

Estándares de protección para las niñas, niños y adolescentes en la industria de viajes y turismo: la experiencia de México y Colombia

En las Américas, los códigos de conducta en viajes y turismo se han desarrollado significativamente durante las últimas dos décadas. Estos códigos han sido promovidos por gobiernos y organizaciones de la sociedad civil para prevenir y responder a la explotación sexual de niñas, niños y adolescentes. Este estudio de caso analiza la experiencia de implementación de un código nacional obligatorio en Colombia y un código voluntario en México. Reflexiona sobre las implicaciones, efectividad y relevancia de los enfoques obligatorios y voluntarios, señalando los desafíos y oportunidades, describiendo sus principales resultados y analizando la complementariedad de estos estándares con la iniciativa de The Code, de ECPAT.

El estudio de caso fue desarrollado por ECPAT International en cooperación con la Fundación Renacer y ECPAT México.

by ECPAT International in 2024

Available in: Spanish

Italy — Joint Country Overview

The document on Italy is the third one in the series of Country Overviews covering the states Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention). The Country Overviews are prepared in close collaboration with the national authorities and are based on the information submitted through a General Overview Questionnaire, earlier recommendations adopted by the Lanzarote Committee, and on the desk-based research to take into account the progress recently made. The Country Overviews present relevant legislation, policies, and other measures in place to tackle child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, and possible suggestions on the way forward

by Council of Europe and ECPAT International in 2023

Available in: English

Outcome Report: Unpacking the Gender Dimensions of Risky, Harmful, and Help-Seeking Behavior in Online Gaming Environments

This outcome report summarises the recommendations and key actions from a roundtable discussion on the gender dimension of risk, harm, and help-seeking in online gaming environments held in New York in October 2023.

by ECPAT International in 2023

Available in: English