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21 May 2020
On May 18, Europol’s executive director Catherine De Bolle called the attention of Members of European Parliament to the issue of child sexual online abuse due to the increased use of online applications because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Criminals...
06 May 2020
The website of Croatian Police Directorate announced the text of the international success of the campaign “Behind the Doors” (“Behind This Door Lives Mia”) on April 23, 2020. We convey the text in its entirety: “Sometimes, for those most...
25 Jan 2020
'Just because a child is in their bedroom, it does not necessarily mean they are safe.' — Susie Hargreaves, chief executive of the Internet Watch Foundation. Children in bedrooms with a camera-enabled device and internet access are highly vulnerable...
19 Sep 2019
According to data from 2018, every 5th child aged 7-12 in Hungary already registered to a social media page, and 23% of children aged 10-18 was victim of online bullying. Because not everyone can recognize that s/he was a victim of bullying, it is...
18 Sep 2019
Crimes involving the sexual grooming of children have been on the rise in recent years, according to the British police in Shropshire. From April 2018 until April of 2019, local law enforcement authorities investigated 70 percent more child sexual...
09 Jul 2019
The Bulgarian National Television news report on SOS Children's Villages’ ‘Firefly - Illuminate the Darkness’ Project draws attention to how foster parents, social workers, psychologists and specialists working with children are trained to protect...
07 Jun 2016
Lilly Pattinson reports for the Gloucester Citizen news portal about the signs and steps to be taken when you detect risk of online- or offline grooming.  According to the article, the act of grooming can happen both online and in person. Groomers...
15 Feb 2016
getHampshire reports that girls as young as 11 in Rushmoor and Hart are at "a very real risk of sexual exploitation" and are being asked to send nude photographs of themselves to men, a charity has revealed.  Creating Futures, which supports young...
15 Jun 2015
Belfast Telegraph reports, child protection officers are investigating one case involving "sexting" every day, National Crime Agency has disclosed. Intervention has been required to safeguard youngsters at risk after sending nude or explicit images...
02 Feb 2015
'Bloomberg' reports on the new version of Terre Des Hommes infamous 'Sweetie' campaign, a computer generated avatar designed to look like a 10-year-old Filipina girl that helped unmask 1,000 sex predators targeting children online. Sweetie 2.0...

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