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Childline and the IWF launch new tool to help young people stay safe online

As part of our regular update to you regarding Online Safety, we would like to share a new online tool which has been launched by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Childline. This tool will help to empower and protect children and young people. It is called 'Report Remove' and can be used by any young person under 18 to report a nude image or video of themselves that has appeared online. The IWF will then review this content and work to have it removed.

The IWF say “The circumstances in which a young person may share a self-generated sexual image can vary. Some may have sent an image for fun, or to a boyfriend or girlfriend which has then subsequently been shared without their consent. Whilst others may have been groomed online or blackmailed into sharing this content.”

Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive of the IWF, said: “When images of children and young people are taken and spread around the internet, they lose control. This is about giving them that control back. Once those images are out there, it can be an incredibly lonely place for victims, and it can seem hopeless. It can also be frightening, not knowing who may have access to these images. This tool is a world first. It will give young people the power, and the confidence, to reclaim these images and make sure they do not fall into the wrong hands online.”

Statistics show that reports of self generated images have more than doubled in the first three months of 2021. We work in school in PSHE and Computing lessons to remind pupils that once an image has been posted, even to someone that the pupil trusts, control of it has been lost. 

The Report Remove tool creates a “hash” (digital fingerprint) from the image which will then be provided to tech platforms to help ensure the image is not shared or uploaded online. A young person reporting an image has to verify their age and Childline also ensures that all young people are safeguarded and supported throughout the whole process.

The tool can be accessed here: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/remove-nude-image-shared-online/

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child and their use of the internet, particularly regarding this topic, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the relevant Achievement Coordinator.

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