NCMEC’s education and prevention tools will reach a global audience through our new collaboration with Save the Children. Around the world, children are spending more time online and it’s important that they have the tools they need to stay safe from potential exploitation. That’s why we’re working with Save the Children, a global organization dedicated to improving the lives of children everywhere, to increase awareness of online enticement and prevent abuse through education in Cambodia.
Together, NCMEC and Save the Children created a Cambodian version of our Cloud Chaos app, a game that teaches data-driven lessons about online safety inspired by actual CyberTipline reports to children ages 10 and under. Bianca Collier, Chief of Party, Family Care First (FCF) | REACT project at Save the Children Cambodia, says internet safety is more important than ever for children in Cambodia. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in Cambodian reporting of child sexual assault material found online. This increase, Bianca explains, has only been exacerbated by the global effects of COVID-19.
Within the first few weeks of its launch, the app has been downloaded hundreds of times. Thanks to the generous support of The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), who provided the funding for this project, children in Cambodia now have access to some of the same interactive tools that U.S. educators and families rely on to keep children safe online. At NCMEC, we believe every child deserves a safe childhood and we know that international collaboration is key to achieving this goal.
For more safety and prevention resources, check out NetSmartzKids.org where children can watch videos and play games designed to teach them how to be safer online. There you’ll find the newest season of our animated web series, Into the Cloud, along with fun and interactive activities that reinforce the show’s key lessons.