About Stop-it Project

STOP-IT is the project of Save the Children Italia ETS Italy ETS that since 2002 pursues the fight against exploitation and sexual abuse of children on the Internet and through the Internet, through a platform for reporting the presence of child pornography online.

STOP-IT allows internet users to anonymously report:

  1. the presence of of child sexual abuse material online (URL, P2P, etc.);
  2. episodes of use of the Internet in spreading and distributing child pornographic material (chat, profiles on social media, etc.).

All reports relating to the presence of child pornography online collected by Stop-It, are sent to the National Center for Fighting Against Child Pornography on the Internet (CNCPO, for its Italian initials), established at the Postal and Communications Police Service, following agreed procedures and respecting the privacy of the reporter, as required by law. Stop-it cooperates with the Postal Police, within the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding.

The information collected concerns the type of content and service (email, website, chat room, social media profile, file sharing service, etc.) and location (URL, email address, etc.). We ask only the information available and ask not to initiate any search for further information (even if eventually required by the form of report): such behaviour could be, in fact, liable of crime, as it would be seen as proactive search of illegal material.

STOP-IT is part of the international hotline network called INHOPE (www.inhope.org), that represents and gathers them. This network represents an organism of connection, coordination, support, monitoring and analysis, regarding the fight against Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) online. INHOPE is made up of hotlines around the world that operate in all EU member states, Russia, South Africa, North & South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. INHOPE support hotlines and their partner organisations through training, best practices, quality assurance and staff welfare.

STOP-IT is co-funded by the European Commission under the Digital Europe Program (DIGITAL) and it is part of the SIC - Safer Internet Centre italiano - Generazioni Connesse, contributing to the actions of prevention, awareness raising and fight against online abuse. The SIC project is coordinated by Italian Ministry of Education with the partnership of some of the main Italian organisation involved in online safety. SIC was created to provide information, advice and support to children and adolescents for a safer and positive use of digital technologies and to facilitate the reporting of illegal online material.