June 13, 2024

EIE joins call for Apple and other Tech Giants to Improve Child Safety

Dear Friends,

Earlier this week, protesters spoke up during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference asking the company to build their products safe by design.

As Apple touts new technologies, thousands of child sexual abuse images and videos continue to be stored and shared on their services. Enough Is Enough® (EIE) stands with the Heat Initiative and other allies in calling on Apple to help protect the safety, well-being, and dignity of children.

Photo credit: Mercury News/Dai Sugano

"Imagine ... Big Tech develops safer by design technology, right out of the box, and child safety default features are turned ON rather than OFF on all devices and online platforms!"

- Donna Rice Hughes (2021 Ted Talk) 

Children continue to face horrific abuses across countless social media platforms and apps, and Congress has yet to pass several bills that would help ensure their protection. Something must be done. 

-- Join us in urging Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to bring a package of online child protection legislation to the Senate floor for a vote. -- 

The Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA), the EARN IT Act, and the STOP CSAM Actstrengthen current policies to protect children from exploitation and abuse by holding tech companies accountable for the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online. The package of child protection legislation has already passed out of committee. A full Senate vote would be monumental progress on this issue.

Please, take two minutes to call Leader Schumer’s office in Washington, D.C. by dialing 202-224-6542 [OR #250 and say ‘online child safety.] No matter where you live, urge him to call a vote on KOSA (S.1409), the EARN IT Act (S.1207) and the STOP CSAM Act (S.1199). 

By The Numbers

  • In 2023, NCMEC’s CyberTipline received 36.2 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation online containing more than 105 million images, videos and other files. Reports of online enticement increased more than 300% between 2021 – 2023. (NCMEC, January 2024)

  • The U.S. hosts more child sexual abuse content online than any other country. (Internet Watch Foundation, 2022)

Since 1994, EIE has been fighting to make the internet safer for children and families. While June marks Internet Safety Month, EIE educates, equips and empowers parents, educators and other adults with the knowledge and resources needed to protect children from internet dangers all year round!

Check out our FREE resources at internetsafety101.organd consider sharing this email to help protect more children and families from online exploitation. 

EIE also has free "101 Quick Guides" on key internet risks ready for immediate access and download.

You can "fund the fight" and help EIE achieve a future where children are free from sexual online exploitation.

Thanks for helping to #ProtectKidsOnline.

Donna and Your friends at Enough Is Enough®