The Netherlands: Reporting site www.helpwanted.nl for young people to report sexual abuse is a big success!
In 2007 the Dutch hotline for combating child abuse images of children, launched the website www.helpwanted.nl. Since then thousands of internet users have clicked through the website or made a report on sexual child abuse on the internet.
Because of an increasing amount of reports of sexual abuse through chat and webcam, the Dutch hotline created www.helpwanted.nl. With the introduction of www.helpwanted.nl youngsters are able to act promptly in case of a bad experience on the internet. They can report their problem through filling in a clear and detailed reporting form. The team of the Dutch Hotline deals with the report.
The site also provides information on safer internet and contains an overview of all the relevant organisations where parents and children can find help should they need this. The site has a q&a section and young people can also send in their question through e-mail in case they can’t find the answer in the q&a section.
The Dutch Hotline is now working on a media campaign around the website www.helpwanted.nl. Part of the campaign will be a commercial for national television, posters, flyers and factsheets. The kick off will be in June this year during a symposium regarding ‘grooming’.
Various websites for youngsters support already the initiative of www.helpwanted.nl and carry a banner on their website.