In September 2012, IWF Internet Content Analysts, aimed to establish a snapshot of how many self-generated, sexually explicit images and videos of young people there are online. It also sought to discover how much of this content was copied from its original source and put on other websites. In less than 48 working hours,IWF analysts encounteredmore than 12,000 such images and videos spread over 68 websites, with 88% having been stolen from its original location.
If a young person is concerned about losing control of an explicit image online they can call ChildLine on 0800 1111. ChildLine will request verification of the name and date of birth of the young person pictured by obtaining scanned copies of official photographic ID or verification from a school, social worker or police liaison officer. If it is necessary to seek verification of age without photographic ID, the reason for this request will remain confidential.
ChildLine then complete an IWF referral form including a link to the image or video to be removed. Reports made to the IWF are confidential. On receipt of the referral form, the IWF team assess the report against UK law. IWF then contacts the police and either the hosting company or relevant global hotline to ensure the online image is removed.
ChildLine – 0800 1111
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