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CyberTipline: Report Online Exploitation

Where & What to Report

Report sexual exploitation of a child to the CyberTipline.

Reports may be made pertaining to the following:

Child sexual abuse material

Child sexual molestation

Child sex tourism

Child sex trafficking

Suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts

Unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child

Misleading domain names and misleading words or digital images on the internet

What Happens to Information in CyberTipline Reports?

NCMEC staff review each tip and work to find a potential location for the incident reported so that it may be made available to the appropriate law-enforcement agency for possible investigation. We also use the information from our CyberTipline reports to help shape our prevention and safety messages.

What to Do if an Explicit Image of You is Already Out There

Get Support:

One of the worst things about having an explicit image online is feeling like you’re facing everything alone. But you have people who care for you and want to help. Reach out to them!

A trusted adult can offer advice, help you report, and help you deal with other issues. It could be your mom, dad, aunt, school counselor, or anyone you trust and are comfortable talking to.

Families of exploited children often feel alone in their struggle and overwhelmed by the issues affecting their lives. NCMEC provides assistance and support to victims and families such as crisis intervention and local counseling referrals to appropriate professionals. Additionally, NCMEC’s Team HOPE is a volunteer program that connects families to others who have experienced the crisis of a sexually exploited child.

Help Stop the Spread:

Instructions for contacting platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and others, or working 1:1 with a CyberTipline analyst to flag and remove explicit content of you (as a minor) is available at MissingKids.org/TakeItDown.

By the Numbers

In 2020, reports to the CyberTipline increased by 28% from 2019.

The 21.7 million reports of child sexual exploitation made to the CyberTipline in 2020 included 65.4 million images, videos and other files. These materials contained suspected child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and other incident related content.

Electronic Service Providers make the majority of reports, but reports of online sexual exploitation from the public more than doubled in 2020.

Resources

Coping with Child Sexual Abuse (CSAM) Exposure For Families

Production and Active Trading of Child Sexual Exploitation Images Depicting Identified Victims

Trends Identified in CyberTipline Sextortion Reports

The Online Enticement of Children: An In-Depth Analysis of CyberTipline Reports