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Child Abuse/Exploitation, Child Pornography, Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse Material (Child Pornography), Cybercrime

Studies in Child Protection: Sexual Extortion and Nonconsensual Pornography


(ICMEC) The purpose of this paper is to define and analyze sexual extortion and nonconsensual pornography as they impact children, as well as to better understand obstacles to prevention, policy intervention, and prosecution. This paper, framed with a global perspective, also presents effective, model legislative responses and highlights global efforts that are readily adaptable by individual countries to combat the growing number of cases of children who are exploited via sexual extortion and the nonconsensual sharing of intimate images.Read More

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October 30, 2018

detection and punishment.92 Online grooming often “overlap[s] with incidents of online child sexual…extortion” though the two are analytically distinct from one another. 93 While sextortion can occur without the online...

Child Protection

Be Safer Online (Infographic)


(ICMEC, ROCIT) Learn more about how to play your part for a safer Internet. Created for Safer Internet Day 2016, this infographic provides tips to help children stay safer online.    Read More

Child Abuse/Exploitation, Child Trafficking, Cybercrime, Legislation

Studies in Child Protection: Technology-Facilitated Child Sex Trafficking


(ICMEC) - The Internet has global reach, which fuels the need for international legal cooperation to develop more stringent, overt laws to protect children from technology-facilitated child sex trafficking. While vast research exists regarding child sex trafficking broadly, this paper specifically focuses on: how and why technology is increasingly used to recruit, advertise, and send/receive payments for child sex trafficking; examining available international and regional legal instruments; reviewing a sampling of relevant national legislation; presenting model legislative language for consideration; and discussing the role of the technology and financial industries to deter traffickers from misusing their platforms to sexually exploit children.Read More

Family Resources

October 29, 2015

Be Safer Online Infographic (ICMEC, multiple languages) Be Share Aware (NSPCC) New! Bringing up Boys: sexual harassment and parenting boys (NYT) New! Choosing a Safe Boarding School (ICMEC) Updated! Choosing...

Be Safer Online (RU)

April 27, 2016

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Be Safer Online (PT)

April 27, 2016

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Be Safer Online (EN)

April 27, 2016

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Be Safer Online (ES)

April 27, 2016

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Be Safer Online (FR)

April 27, 2016

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Implementing the Model National Response

April 5, 2018

ICMEC and Child Helpline International are pleased to announce the launch of a 27-month joint program aimed at promoting enhanced end-to-end support for child survivors of online violence, with a...


November 5, 2018

...the Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, where she is reviewing their programme for professionals and their online safety advice for the education sector. She also does online safety consultancy...

Turning Off Online Child Exploitation

December 3, 2003

...should coach children when they first go online just like they would when coaching a child to walk to school by themselves.” To learn more about online safety, visit

Child Protection News

November 29, 2017

...Europe offers organizations online image content search to identify/remove child sexual abuse images (CSAM) (Google, Sept) Introduction to new protocol for managing allegations of child abuse by educators and other...

Two U.S. Based Children’s Organizations Join Global Effort To Eliminate Online Child Sexual Exploitation

June 24, 2011

...Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) have joined law enforcement agencies from around the world to become private sector partners of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) to fight online...

New Video Fingerprinting Technology Created to Remove Child Pornography Online

April 30, 2014

Friend MTS donates unique video fingerprinting technology to International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children to disrupt the distribution of graphic child pornography online. LONDON, ENGLAND – Today, Friend MTS...

Online Safety Education

October 22, 2015

...Report (ICMEC) New! Online Safety Policy Templates UK (SWGfL) Online Sexual Coercion and Extortion of Children (Europol, multiple languages) New! Online Sexual Exploitation: Who is at risk? (Media Smarts) Safety...

Lesson Resources and Links

October 22, 2015

...Penguin (ages 3-7) Common Sense Full Curriculum with Resources and Online Training (French, Spanish, English) Europol Preventing Online Sexual Coercion and Extortion (multiple languages) New! Facebook Help Center Abuse Resources...

Ernie Allen Testimony “Beyond Silk Road: Potential Risks, Threats and Promises of Virtual Currencies” for the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

November 18, 2013

...anonymous online payment systems; anonymous Internet tools; and bulletproof hosting. A primary area of focus is digital currencies, particularly those with bidirectional flow; i.e., digital currencies which are bought and...

An Outdated Child Protection Law Is Playing A Key Role In The Growth Of A Global Marketplace For Child Sex Trafficking On The Internet

July 24, 2013 on their sites. However, many online classified ad sites have created an online marketplace for prostitution including child sex trafficking. Each child victim lives in a community somewhere in...

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children receives major donation to enhance their work combating child abuse and exploitation

August 3, 2015

the aim to create a safer and better global society. Safer Society Group, the parent company of NetClean and Griffeye, has agreed to a donation of Griffeye Analyze DI, which...

Microsoft Joins Interpol and International Center for Missing and Exploited Children for Global Training Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica

February 23, 2004

...extensive training on investigating online child predators, collecting evidence and computer forensic information, and seeking private industry assistance in child exploitation investigations. Representatives from nearly a dozen countries are expected...

9th Edition Global Review Reveals Increase in Laws that Protect Children

December 6, 2018 efforts to combat child sexual abuse material online. Since the 8th edition in 2016, 114 improvements have been made to child protection legislation around the world, meaning that a...

U.S. Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography

October 19, 2015

In the mid-2000s, it became evident to ICMEC and others that people were using their credit cards to buy images of children being sexually abused online. “If people were purchasing...

International Experts Meet in El Salvador to Combat Online Abuse and Exploitation in Latin America

March 7, 2016 the fight against online child sexual abuse and exploitation, a growing phenomenon throughout Latin America in recent years. Today marks the first day of the Regional Congress, Together for...

Every child deserves a safe childhood.

August 12, 2015

...resources and tools needed to fill those gaps. Safeguarding children around the world is a responsibility every one of us shares — creating a world that is safer for today’s...

Recruitment Practices

October 22, 2015

...(Safer Recruitment Consortium) New! Preventing Abuse in Youth-Serving Organizations (recruitment, interview questions, reference and background checks), CDC Recruitment Practices BIS Reference Checking Advice Reference Writing Advice Safer Recruitment (NSPCC Learning)...

Recruitment and Hiring FAQs

October 22, 2015

All international school staff must follow school policies, accreditation standards, and local laws in recruitment and hiring. Your accreditation agency can provide additional guidance. Q. What does safer recruitment and...

We work to make the world safer for children by eradicating child abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation.

October 8, 2015

...our groundbreaking report Child Sexual Abuse Material: Model Legislation & Global Review covers 196 countries, as well as cutting-edge topics such as implementation, data retention, and online grooming. Current research...


October 22, 2015

...Online Grooming of Children for Sexual Purposes (ICMEC) New! Online Sexual Coercion & Extortion Definitions and Risks (Europol, multiple languages) Perils and Possibilities: Growing Up Online (UNICEF, 2016) Additional languages:...