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Estonian Hotline received international acknowledgement

27.11.2012

Last week the annual conference of INHOPE – the association joining Hotlines of different countries – took place in Amsterdam, where the work of the Estonian Hotline www.vihjeliin.ee in blocking the spreading of materials containing sexual abuse of children was also acknowledged and Estonia’s full membership in the international network was confirmed.

The web-based Hotline managed by NPO Estonian Union for Child Welfare enables to report websites with contents not suitable for children or illegal. First and foremost the Hotline is meant for reporting Internet pages presenting sexual abuse of children.

According to the project manager Malle Hallimäe, Hotline has received 1685 reports since its beginning in January 2011, from which 199 have contained references to web-environments presenting materials depicting sexual abuse of children. In handling materials of illegal contents, Hotline cooperates with Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. More information on the aims of Hotline activities and statistics of submitted reports can be found on www.vihjeliin.ee.

The association INHOPE www.inhope.org joining Hotlines of different countries was created in 1999 and currently unites 43 Hotlines from 37 countries across the world. The aim of the association is to support and improve the cooperation of Hotlines around the world in blocking the spreading of materials depicting sexual abuse of children on the Internet.

The work of Estonian Hotline is a part of the project „Targalt Internetis“ (www.targaltinternetis.ee), realized by NPO Estonian Union for Child Welfare, Tiger Leap Foundation, Child Helpline 116 111 and Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. The project is financed up to 75% by the European Commission program Safer Internet.

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