Public, private and faith sectors asked by Vatican congress to combat child sexual abuse online

Oct 10, 2017   |   Suzanne Choney

On Oct. 6, a group of 150 experts from various disciplines and organizations around the world presented “The Declaration of Rome” to Pope Francis at the Vatican, pledging to protect children and young people in the digital age, writes Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft chief online safety officer.

Screenshot excerpt from letter from ChildDignity in the Digital World

The declaration was produced at the World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World sponsored by the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in partnership with the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation Online and Telefono Azzurro, Italy’s first helpline for children at risk.

In Beauchere’s role as an industry representative to the international advisory board of the WePROTECT Global Alliance, she attended the World Congress and spoke about Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to protecting children online, and specifically Microsoft’s contributions to the fight against online child sexual exploitation and abuse.

“As global citizens, we at Microsoft believe that eradicating the online creation and distribution of child sexual abuse material is a universal call to action,” Beauchere writes. “This sentiment was expressed by many throughout the congress, with all noting that significant progress will only be made if all groups work together to stamp out this heinous imagery.”

Read Beauchere’s post on Microsoft on the Issues.

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