On Universal Children’s Day, EuroISPA calls for support in the fight against online child abuse
Today, 20 November 2014, it has been 60 years since the UN General Assembly called for a Universal Children's Day. Since then the world has gone digital and with this evolution an urgent need for online Child Protection has arisen.
Hotlines are essential in providing juridical authorities with information about online child abuse as INHOPE figures show hotlines forward 97% of reports within one day to law enforcement agencies, leading to the deletion of illegal content within 3 days in 80% of the cases in 2013. Because of the importance of a safe online environment for children today and in the future, EuroISPA would like to use this occasion to call on the European Union and its Member States to maintain a strong support for hotlines dedicated to fighting online child abuse.
“Cutting the EU budget allocated to hotlines risks undermining the global fight against child sexual abuse-material, by disrupting a network whose effectiveness is recognized worldwide. Therefore we urge EU institutions to ensure such funding is available”, said Nicolas D’Arcy, co-chair of EuroISPA’s safer internet committee.