Today more than 77% of children ages 9 - 17 have a smart phone.
Parents and caregivers see them as tools for keeping children safe and connected. What they may not realize is these devices are also Trojan Horses that can provide predators with direct, 24-7 access to children in their homes, bedrooms, and schools.
The facts are disturbing:
- 29% of children have had an adult or someone they did not know send them sexually explicit content online. Most often, they received this content on their own mobile phone.
- 36% of children in one Finnish study had been asked at least once a month to show or send nude photos of themselves, while 50% had received messages with sexual content in the same timeframe.
- A Swedish study reports that 46% of girls and 29% of boys age 10-13 had been offered money for nude photographs; while 80% of girls and 63% of boys had received unsolicited nude photographs.
Waiting for tech platforms to prioritize the safety of children and youth isn’t working. Things need to change.
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To protect children everywhere, we need governments around the world holding tech companies to account. Thank you to our international allies for supporting this campaign: