Self-Generated Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Advice
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) tells us that 'since the start of the pandemic, the amount of ‘self-generated’ child abuse imagery has increased dramatically. In 2020, the IWF confirmed 68,000 cases of such imagery, a rise of 77% on the year before. It accounts for nearly half (44%) the imagery we took action on last year. In 80% of these cases, the victims were 11- to 13-year-old girls.'
The IWF has created a resource to help parents and carers understand the risks of 'self-generated child sexual abuse imagery' using the acronym 'TALK'.
To find out more, go to: https://talk.iwf.org.uk/
All parents and carers need to be aware of the risks of online child sexual abuse and the scale of the issue affecting children today.
In 2020, the IWF confirmed 68,000 cases of such imagery, a rise of 77% on the year before. It accounts for nearly half (44%) the imagery we took action on last year.
In 80% of these cases, the victims were 11- to 13-year-old girls.
Read and share this downloadable guide for parents and carers.
SOURCE: Internet Watch Foundation
The legal 'right to be forgotten' has been around since 2014 but recently Google have extended this. Now, any person under the age of 18 (or their parents/guardians) can fill in a form and request that one or more images are removed from Google search results. This is good news, there will be many reasons why a young person might want an image to be removed from Google search results, e.g. embarrassing photos from when they were younger, perhaps uploaded by a parent. It should be noted that I suspect the right to remove images will work in the same way as the right to be forgotten. Basically, the removal is from search results within the UK, not the rest of the world. For example, if someone has their image removed and someone tries to search on google.co.uk, they won't be able to find it. But if someone searches on google.com, the image will still be there. So it isn't a solution, but it can make the image harder to find.
If you're under 18 and a nude image or video of you has been shared online, you can report it to be removed from the Internet. Just click the button below and follow the steps on the Childline webpage.