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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: CyberTipline

Updated: Jun 11

HERE IS HOW TO REPORT A TIP:

 

1. If you, or someone you know is in immediate danger call 911 (or your local police)

    IMMEDIATELY.    

2. If you are thinking of hurting yourself, please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    (Phone: 988)

3. You can speak to someone right away at the National Center for Missing & Exploited

 Children’s Call Center “We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

 PHONE: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)                 

 

It is easy to report, takes only a few minutes, and is confidential. You don’t have to share your contact information if you don’t want to; it is completely up to you. “By making a report you can help rescue a child or protect them from exploitation.”

 

Here are some questions to help you:

1.  “What should be reported?  IMAGES OR VIDEOS OF CHILD SEX ABUSE OR ADULTS  

     HAVING SEXUAL CONVERSATIONS WITH CHILDREN. AND ANY CHILD SEXUAL

     EXPLOITATION.”

2. “What should I include in my report? INCLUDE AS MUCH INFORMATION AS YOU CAN

     (Location of the incident, when it occurred, user name, and other details about people

     involved.)”

“Some information IS required, but most is optional and you choose what you want to

Include. It is up to you whether you want to leave your name and contact information. If you need to add anything, call: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).”

3. “What happens after I make a report? “We review the information you provided and check to see if there is anything additional to add. ALL REPORTS ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THEIR REVIEW AND POSSIBLE NEXT STEPS.”

“BECAUSE OF THE INFORMATION PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU PROVIDE, TO THE CYBERTIPLINE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN HAVE BEEN SAFEGUARDED FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION.”

 

“WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF CHILDREN.”

 

PHONE 988 SUICIDE AND CRISIS LIFELINE. “This provides help 24/7 and is free and confidential help for you and your loved ones, and provides best practices for professionals in the United States.” “We are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and by building awareness” (988 Lifeline.org).

 

Take-it-Down

If you have online nude pictures of yourself when you were under age 18, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers ‘Take-it-Down’ to help you get those images removed.


You don’t have to share any personal information at all with ‘Take-it-Down’ for them to create a hash for your images or videos.

 

You don’t have to live in the USA to use this; it works anywhere in the world where you are nude, partly nude, or in sexually explicit images, or that you may have shared such images.

Several companies participate. Note, that the ‘image and video hashing technology used for this service will not work on encrypted platforms or surfaces.”

 

It is illegal to share nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit images or videos taken of someone who was under 18 years old. “it could be considered child sexual abuse material or child pornography in some jurisdictions.”

 

If you no longer have the image on your device(s) make a report at cybertipline.org. or call 1-800-THE-LOST. Do not have anyone resend them to you. All submissions through the Take-It-Down website should be made on the device (cell, computer, tablet) where the images and videos were originally taken.

 

Even if you know your image has been shared, still use Take-it-Down to limit the distribution of the images. You can also make a report to CyberTipline to help you get images down or for “additional services and support.”

 

You are not alone as you deal with this situation. Here is a site that can also help:

 

 

Sources:

Is Your Explicit Content Out There? (n.d.) Retrieved online 3 June 2024

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children CyberTipline (n.d.) Retrieved online 3 June 2024 https://report.cybertip.org/

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Take-it-Down (n.d.) Retrieved online 3 June 2024. (https://takeitdown.ncmec.org/

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. https://988lifeline.org/

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