'Gurls Out Loud' Online Abuse Summer Campaign 2021
Internet Watch Foundation are making people aware of the latest campaign to warn teenagers and their parents about online grooming and sexual exploitation as schools break up for the summer.
This comes as the IWF reports an explosion of reports of child sexual abuse material in the first half of 2021.
New data shows that, between January 1 and June 14 this year, the charity, which finds and removes child sexual abuse material from the internet, has worked to remove 100,616 web pages after IWF analysts confirmed they contained images or videos of children being raped and suffering sexual abuse.
This compares to 62,234 reports during the same period in 2020, a 62% increase on this time last year.
In 2020, IWF analysts confirmed a total of 153,350 reports of child sexual abuse material for the entire year.
Of the reports the IWF has so far confirmed in 2021, 64,278 have been confirmed to contain “self-generated material” where children have been tricked, groomed, or coerced into abusing themselves on camera.
This material is often filmed in the victims’ own bedrooms, and can be of the most severe sexual abuse. This compares to 40,672 reports which the IWF determined to contain self-generated material in the first six months of 2020.
As a result, the charity, which works to find and remove child sexual abuse material from the internet, is launching a second phase of its Gurls out loud campaign in a bid to help protect teenage girls who may be spending longer online during the school summer holidays.