<img src="//adpxl.co/6cLHkx1M/spacer.gif" alt="">
Request A Demo
Menu
Request A Demo

Online Child Safety

Keeping kids safe online is a critical issue - and a complicated one. Learn how Spectrum Labs helps platforms improve online child safety.

In our child safety white paper, we explore the current challenges to the online child safety ecosystem and the vital role the government plays in combatting online child exploitation:

Download the Child Safety White Paper
 

What is Online Child Safety?

The internet has changed the world for children in many positive ways. Online learning, games, and communications have created opportunities for children to improve their skills and their understanding of the universe.

Sadly, the online world is not entirely safe for children. From divulging personal information to being victimized by hate speech, cyberbullying, or CSAM grooming – online child safety is a critical concern for parents, schools, and platforms alike. However, online child safety is a complicated issue, requiring a thoughtful, nuanced, multi-faceted solution.

Check out our blog: Improving Internet Safety for Kids


 

Threats to Online Child Safety

Threats to online child safety may include contact with people who mean them harm, vulnerabilities to the disclosure of private information, or exposure to hate speech, discrimination, or cyberbullying.

CSAM Grooming

Predators use online communities to find young victims and engage in grooming - a phased series of actions intended to normalize sexual communications or behaviors, usually with the long-term intention of coercing them into sexual acts. Online predators follow a sophisticated, incremental playbook of changing children’s behavior. Platforms must be agile and adaptive to prevent these behaviors.

Learn more: Download our Whitepaper “Challenges to the Online Child Safety Ecosystem”

 

Hate Speech

Cyberbullying is a widespread issue: 37% of 12 to 17-year-olds have been bullied online. [1] and about half of LGBTQ+ children experience online harassment. [2] Moreover, 64% of students report that cyberbullying has affected their ability to learn: and 83% believe that platforms should do more to stop it. However, cyberbullying is a complicated issue: taking place over a variety of mediums and with constantly evolving approaches and tactics, which are difficult to stay on top of.

Hate speech includes epithets, slurs, or other types of malicious behavior targeting a person based on their inclusion in a specific group. This could include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or any other identifying group characteristic.

Hate speech seems like it would be more of an adult issue, but the fact is that 64% of young people have experienced hate speech online. The issue isn’t just with the prevalence of hate speech directed at young people - it is further complicated by the fact that a child rarely has the social and emotional tools to deal with hate speech, and they can feel uncomfortable reporting it to an adult.

Watch the video: Building a Caste Discrimination Model with Spectrum Labs

 

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a widespread issue: 37% of 12 to 17-year-olds have been bullied online. [1] and about half of LGBTQ+ children experience online harassment. [2] Moreover, 64% of students report that cyberbullying has affected their ability to learn: and 83% believe that platforms should do more to stop it. However, cyberbullying is a complicated issue: taking place over a variety of mediums and with constantly evolving approaches and tactics, which are difficult to stay on top of.

Often, cyberbullying is situational or contextual; meaning that traditional tools like keyword or RegEx filters are ineffective at combating it because of evolving language. Human moderators are often a platform’s reaction but are resource-intensive and difficult to manage in real-time monitoring and response.

Get the eBook: Prevent Cyberbullying on Your Platform


 

Online Child Safety Regulations

Because threats to online child safety are of enormous concern to so many individuals, parents and platforms have pressed for a regulatory response. This has resulted in regulations at the state and federal level, including:

COPPA

A federal law, known as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), helps to protect kids under 13 years of age, with the intent of keeping a child’s personally identifying information (name, address, social security number) out of the wrong hands.

CIPA

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was created in 2000 to help limit a child’s access to obscene or harmful content. It specifically restricts websites that can be accessed by schools or libraries that get benefits through the E-rate program, also requiring that they set internet safety policies and address the safety of email, chat rooms, and other forms of online communication by minors.

Check out our blog: If You Care About CSAM, Read This

While regulations can be somewhat effective in helping to promote online child safety, they are not a complete resolution in themselves. Such a widespread, complex, and critical issue requires a multidisciplinary approach using the best of technological solutions, thought leadership, and platform innovation to create actionable insights and real solutions to online child safety.

One of the most effective emerging solutions to online child safety is contextual AI. Contextual AI has the benefit of interpreting contextual cues that other technological solutions miss. It can also be used for content moderation on a variety of media, including text, voice, and chat: and in several different languages as well.

Spectrum Labs provides AI-powered behavior identification models, content moderation tools, and services to help Trust & Safety professionals safeguard user experience from the threats of today, and anticipate those that are coming. Because every company has different needs when it comes to content moderation, Spectrum Labs has specialized expertise in the fields of gaming, dating, social networks, and marketplaces. 

If you’d like to learn more about how Contextual AI can help solve content moderation challenges and create safe and inclusive online environments, check out our Solution Guide.

Get the Guide

 


Sources:

1
https://www.statista.com/statistics/945392/teenagers-who-encounter-hate-speech-online-social-media-usa/

2 https://cyberbullying.org/new-national-bullying-cyberbullying-data

3 https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/resources-and-publications/safety-net-the-impact-of-cyberbullying-on-children-and-young 

Let's create a smarter, safer healthier Internet

When it comes to moderating disruptive behaviors online, you shouldn’t have to do it alone. Spectrum’s AI models do the heavy lifting - identifying a wide range of behavior, across languages. Our engines are immediately deployable, highly customizable and continuously refined.

 
Contact Illustration

Whether you are looking to safeguard your audiences, increase brand loyalty and user engagement, or maximize moderator productivity, Spectrum Labs empowers you to recognize and respond to toxicity in real-time across languages.

Contact Spectrum Labs to learn more about how we can help make your community a safer place.

Contact Spectrum Labs Today