November 18 is the European Day of Action against Child Sexual Exploitation: Safely Report Online Depictions of Child Abuse

  • Support by German hotlines FSM, eco and jugendschutz.net, offering information and tips on reporting depictions of abuse
  • Factsheet illustrates important DOs and DONTs

What should I do if I encounter online depictions of abuse of minors? To whom can I report this content so that it is taken down from the Internet? To mark the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse on 18 November, the German hotlines – FSM, eco Complaints Office and jugendschutz.net – have compiled important tips for dealing with online depictions of abuse of minors in Germany.

Factsheet with important tips

A factsheet presents the “DOs and DON’Ts” in a comprehensible format and provides concrete assistance for anyone concerned or affected by such content. It discusses whether and how evidence should be secured, what options there are for reporting and disclosing content, and also what should be steered clear of in order to avoid being liable to prosecution. In addition, posts on social media highlight the most important points and draw attention to the day of action.

Direct to the factsheet

European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

The “European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse” was initiated by the Council of Europe in 2015 and calls on people and institutions in Europe to take action online and offline against the sexual exploitation of children. FSM, eco and jugendschutz.net are partners of the German Safer Internet Center (saferinternet.de), which is funded by the European Union. In close cooperation, they combat illegal youth-endangering and developmentally-impairing content in the area of child and youth protection. This includes depictions of abuse of children and young people, as well as depictions of violence, hate speech and pornography. Other members of the German Safer Internet Centre are “klicksafe” and “Nummer gegen Kummer”. In Germany, the hotlines work closely with the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). They are also involved in INHOPE, the international network of Internet hotlines for combatting child abuse.

German hotlines

If you come across illegal content or content that is problematic for children and young people on the Internet, you can report this online content to a hotline free of charge; if you wish, you can also do this on an anonymous basis:

eco: complaints-office.eco.de

FSM: www.fsm.de/en/fsm/hotline/

jugendschutz.net: www.jugendschutz.net/en

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