Launched a free meta-support hotline for kids with online safety issues

Meta on Tuesday said he supported RATI Foundation (Initiative of Aarambh India) to launch “Mary Trustlinehotline for support children under 18 who faces internet security issuessuch as cyberbullying and loss of control of sensitive media, including self-generated child sexual abuse material.

The helpline, open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, will offer technical support, emotional support, social support, information support, legal support, and referral support. For children who need support regarding sensitive self-created images or intimate images without consent, the RATI Foundation will put the caller in touch with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), UK, to take action to prevent these images from appearing online. The Foundation will also provide support in connecting children and guardians to the relevant law enforcement agencies.

“More kids are online every day, and to keep them safe from the risks of online harm, there needs to be a reporting model that is not only kid-friendly and effective, but can also be adopted by the industry as a whole. By launching Meri Trustline, we support the RATI Foundation to lead this industry-first initiative to enable online threat reporting to children across the industry,” said Antigone Davies, Vice President, Head of Global Security at Meta. statement.

Meri Trustline (6363176363) will be available in Hindi and English for children and other stakeholders including guardians, parents/guardians, teachers, siblings, young people and allies. Other institutions or organizations dealing with or acting on behalf of children may also call the helpline. The helpline, operated by the RATI Foundation, will have a team of consultants, including technical and mental health experts, who will answer questions on the phone. The Meri Trustline team will also work closely with an advisory group of lawyers, experts and social workers to offer caller support tailored to their individual needs.

India’s youth are rapidly going online and according to a report by Kantar, 60% of all internet users in India will be under 19 by 2025. The RATI Foundation is committed to ensuring that all young people in India have access to safety systems as they explore the world. the Internet. We are very excited about Meta’s support at Meri Trustline, which will bring greater online safety to children,” said Uma Subramanyan, co-founder and director of the RATI Foundation.

Meta previously launched the Child Safety Center on Facebook, which is designed to support parents, guardians, and educators with policies, resources, and tools for youth online safety and well-being.

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